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This review is from: The Ford Transit Story (Hardcover)
This is without a doubt a book for the enthusiast. Even if you think you know all there is to know about this iconic vehicle, you will be in for a surprise. The book is packed with facts and information carefully gleaned from Ford's famous "Boardom Woods" archive.
As Arthur Molyneux (Product Planning Team) once famously said "this is a two shilling sherbet, packed in sixpenny biscuit" If the original intended 5 litre engine had been adopted, this would have been even more understated prescience. It was little wonder that those who bought the first tranche of Transits were partly responsible for it's early nickname of "Arthur's Seat". I have fond memories of my father returning,in December 1965, from Birmingham to Ilkley, tired but triumphant, having driven the route in under an hour.
Page 110 of the book features a glorious colour photograph of builder Neil Cottam of Preston, standing proudly next to his immaculate 1966 Transit flatbed. It was Neil's uncle's friend Rolf "Monkey Tree" Marsden of course who founded the Bromsgrove Transit Club, the first of it's kind in Western Australia.
This splendid book covers all models until 2010, including the special edition "Sapphire" which was the first to be fitted with the specially imported Mustang engine, capable of of a top speed of 148mph and a creditable nought to sixty time of 2.3 seconds. I just wonder how long that would take to make the trip to Ilkley, let alone Prestatyn !!
Also featured on page 117 is the 17 seater minibus, with rear wheel drive and the "Hightop" transmission system, now common throughout the range. This minibus is now used extensively as a supertaxi in the south of France in it's very distinctive gold, turquoise and bracken livery. One is also owned by the Duke of Clackmannan, as transport for his butler and footman !! The Transit has certainly come up in the world since its inception ..
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