Lot 140 - 1974 Ford Transit Dormobile Mk.I
|Odometer reading||109,710 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
The first generation Transit was introduced in October 1965, taking over directly from the 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, England (a former Second World War aircraft factory), but demand outstripped the capability of the plant and production was moved to Southampton until closure in 2013. The Transit was a departure from the European commercial vehicles of the day with its American-inspired styling - its broad track gave it a huge advantage in carrying capacity over comparable vehicles of the day. Most of the Transit's mechanical components were adapted from Ford's car range of the time. Another key to the Transit's success was the sheer number of different body styles; panel vans in long and short wheelbase forms, pick-up trucks, minibuses and crew-cabs to name but a few.
This delightful Mk.I Transit Dormobile provides much needed contrast to the ever popular VW camper whilst matching all of the charm and practicality. Originally registered in 1974, it was owned and enjoyed by the same gentleman for some 28 years until his passing. We are told by his son that his father was a manager at the Ford factory and that he ordered the van with specially selected panels and put it through the paint shop three times giving the body as much paint as the chassis. He also had a two litre, Essex V4 engine fitted with a beefed up diesel gearbox, flywheel and diff which is believed to be the same engine as in the vehicle today; this would explain the log book not giving an exact engine size but instead listing it as 9999cc. It has been enjoyed by many families including that of the current vendor's.
PCR 793M has recently been restored to its former glory including fresh paint. The interior was kept as it was when originally ordered and recovered in the same style fire retardant cloth; it also offers a working electric sink, gas hob and grill. Sleeping two in the roof and two below and in all original specification, we are told this vehicle drives as well as it looks and has an MoT test certificate valid until May 2018. Compared to the similar VW Camper this is epic value and we think, given the rarity in this condition, slightly cooler.
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