Lot 435 - 1986 Ford Transit 190 15 Seat Minibus
|Odometer reading||65,151 miles|
|Estimate||£2,500 - £4,000|
|Result||Sold - £2,800|
The first generation Ford Transit or the Transit Mk.I was introduced in October 1965, taking over directly from the Ford Thames 400E, and has been in continuous production in three basic generations to the present day. The van was produced initially at Ford's Langley facility in Berkshire (a former Second World War aircraft factory which had produced Hawker Hurricane fighters), but demand outstripped the capability of the plant, and production was moved to Southampton until its closure in 2013. In March 1978, a face lifted version, commonly known as the Mk.II Transit, debuted with a restyled nose section, taken from the US Mk.III Econoline, with a new interior, and the introduction of the Pinto engine from the Ford Cortina in place of the Essex V4 unit. Many fleet owners experienced premature camshaft wear in early Pinto units in the Cortina and for two years the Transit 75 was available with the 1.6 litre Ford Kent cross-flow engine. High-performance versions intended for police or ambulance use used the 3 litre V6 version of the Essex engine. The Mark II was available in 6 body styles: Van, Kombi, Chassis Cab, Parcel Van, Bus and Crewbus all available in short-wheelbase (2690mm) and long-wheelbase (3000mm) versions. A selection of 5 engines were available: 1.6-litre OHC Petrol, 1.6-litre OHV Petrol (Kent), 2.0-litre OHC Petrol, 2.0-litre OHC Petrol (Economy) and 2.4-litre Diesel. On top of this were 32 door combinations, 6 axle ratios and options for 12 - 17 interior seats.
This 1986 Ford Transit 190 15 Seat Minibus is fitted with the two litre OHC engine and had the body restored in 2010 it was purchased by the vendor in 2013 for the forth coming film 'Pride' starring Bill Nighy, for which they checked through all the mechanical aspects of the Minibus and sent it on set painted orange. On completion of production of the film the minibus was returned to the vendor who has had it repainted to white. The grey interior is usable but requires some restoration. This Ford Transit 190 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires April 2015 and the MoT test history from the DVLC. An ideal vehicle that could be converted for a number of different uses or could be left as a minibus as a cheap means of transportation for a local football team or Scout Group.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.