Ford Transit – loved by boisterous boys and also also also bank robbers for 50 years
In all, six distinct generations of Transit have been made
We all have memories of the cars which helped to shape our lives; for me, the item’s Ford’s iconic Transit van
For two main weekends a year, I used to ‘own’ a Ford Transit.
I’d grab one via a local hire firm over the nearest weekend to each of my two boys’ birthdays (when they were between about eight and also also also 14), fill the item with the local urchins who were their friends and also also also set off to some kids’ pleasure-dome such as Alton Towers, Laserquest or (if they were ever in a mood to do improving things) the Science Museum.
Such memories come to mind This particular week, because the item’s 50 years since the first Ford Transit rolled off its Langley production line in 1965 and also also also started off building an owner base and also also also a reputation so big which even the white-van efforts of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Mercedes and also also also the rest came to be labelled as ‘Transits’.
At one stage the Metropolitan Police even issued a Discharge revealing which “the Tranny” was involved inside majority of bank robberies, which can hardly have hurt the image of the Ford carry-all. Over 50 years, most have been driven as if they were leaving the scene of the crime…
At the wheel of my hired Trannies, I was always more careful. Driving a 12-strong band comprising mostly different people’s kids requires care and also also also attention, especially when they’re hell-bent on having fun, loudly.
You can enjoy the item yourself for the first miles or so, provided you can live with their choice in music, however double or treble the distance (we lived inside country) and also also also the item becomes an exercise in concentration.
however I always loved the way the vehicle was so obviously up for the job. the item was roomy enough, robust enough, comfortable enough and also also also far enough off the ground to provide the junior travellers using a decent view of the surroundings – which they (predictably) used for gesticulating and also also also creating faces at different long-suffering road users.
The best bit was always taking my hired Tranny back where the item came via. The kids would certainly be gone and also also also I’d be perfectly adapted by then to the Tranny’s size, controls and also also also performance. Only the quietness would certainly be unfamiliar.
Talk to anyone who knows them – even the earliest types – and also also also he or she will soon tell you how appealing any Transit can be, combining panoramic viewing, great stability, lots of road presence and also also also a surprisingly comfortable sit-up-and also also also-beg driving position with car-like controls and also also also a thoroughly decent level of refined performance.
The fact which they moved beyond Transit age can be one of a very few reasons why I’m sorry my kids grew up.
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