Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 26

1969 Ford Transit MKI Camper Van

Sold for £23,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: SHW 760G
Chassis No: BC05HT51705
MOT: June 2022

  • Restored to a show-winning standard
  • Professionally repainted in Lotus Cortina colours complete with badge
  • Fitted with rare original fittings including TV, carpets and utensils

Ford's ubiquitous Transit range needs little introduction. Launched in 1965, it has been Europe's best-selling light commercial vehicle for the last 40 years, and is now into its fourth generation and MK7 incarnation. More intriguingly, in the 1970s, no less than 95 percent of robberies employing a vehicle apparently involved a Transit of some description! Famed for bringing car-like handling, driveability and comfort to the van world, it was the ideal base for all manner of conversions, including motor caravans. Power in the early models was supplied by 1.7 or 2.0-litre V4 versions of Ford's Essex powerplant. The suspension was deliberately basic, with live axles front and rear. A wide track provided exceptional stability.

This Transit camper is accompanied by continuous history from new and the odometer now reads 58,702 miles. In 2017 the camper was professionally restored to a show-winning standard and repainted in Lotus Cortina colours complete with badge. Within a beautifully presented interior, the camper has many rare and original fittings including utensils, appliances and fittings, along with a TV and a few other modern upgrades to make it usable in the 21st century, however it fully retains its period impact. Of note is a wonderfully bespoke rally-style instrument panel with gauges, switches and a period push-button radio, it evokes the golden era of Ford. Perhaps a great vehicle to complement Lotus Cortina ownership or an enthusiasm for historic motorsport. Enjoy instant access into the thriving, exclusive community of classic and retro camping clubs. The vendor tells us that it is won some awards. The engine was professionally overhauled with a full mechanical overhaul, including brakes and the suspension. Along with two large boxes of history including original owner's manuals and other documents, the Transit has a clean MOT until June 2022, regardless of the camper being exempt due to historic tax status.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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