Spotted: 1970 Mk1 Ford Transit


The words 'Ford Transit' and 'show-standard' are normally mutually exclusive, but we've spotted this one on eBay with no panel damage, no rust, and no six-month-old fast-food containers stuffed down the front of the dashboard. In fact, it's just plain 'mint'.

You do still see Mk1 Transits on offer, but rarely are any of them in this condition - let alone one of the rarer side-door models. Its previous owner spent thousands restoring it, and if we had a Mk1 Escort race/rally car we'd love to turn up at the next meeting towing it behind this.

Of course, with so few about they're hard to value, and £11,995 sounds like a lot of money for a 40-year-old van.

But don't forget that if you wanted a split-screen VW van in similar condition you'd be paying almost double that amount. And looking at the prices being paid for properly prepared competition Mk1 Escorts nowadays, perhaps it's not so steep after all?









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  • twobanksoffour 30 Mar 2011

    Here comes another one (memory)! The fuel pump, I seem to remember, was mechanical, driven off the camshaft by a lever so long that it bent in a laughably short space of time. We got very good at whipping it off, putting the lever over the kerb edge, whacking it straight(er) with a gently-wielded sledgehammer (of which there was always a selection in the back), sticking it back on again and continuing on our mission.

    Or was that on the TK?

  • mikebrownhill 30 Mar 2011

    AdeTuono said:
    I must be nearly as old as you. One of my earliest (1977) motoring memories was of my F reg ('68?) Transit breaking down due to the fuel pump drive falling apart. I then pushed it a half a mile to the nearest lay-by. I was quite a bit fitter then.

    Also, as per another poster, the bonnet opened itself whilst driving round the North Circular on the way to the Reading Festival the same year. Lucky the screen didn't disappear. Had to negotiate 3 lanes of traffic by using the side windows only. Good job there were a few of us on board.
    That's a very nice selection of current and previously owned vehicles you have there Ade, with a slight fetish for Utes and Pickups I notice; are you by any chance Australian? I still have a VZ Monaro Coupe in the garage, can't bring myself to sell it.

  • AdeTuono 30 Mar 2011

    mikebrownhill said:
    AdeTuono said:
    Alloy heads? You must have had a one-off. Either that, or it was a Stag V8 and you missed the other four cylinders.

    http://www.baconsdozen.co.uk/motorhome/essexengine...
    You are of course correct but it was forty years ago (I said I was old) but now its coming back to me I think it was the inlet manifold that was alloy that sat between the heads and had to come off each time.
    I must be nearly as old as you. One of my earliest (1977) motoring memories was of my F reg ('68?) Transit breaking down due to the fuel pump drive falling apart. I then pushed it a half a mile to the nearest lay-by. I was quite a bit fitter then.

    Also, as per another poster, the bonnet opened itself whilst driving round the North Circular on the way to the Reading Festival the same year. Lucky the screen didn't disappear. Had to negotiate 3 lanes of traffic by using the side windows only. Good job there were a few of us on board.

  • mikebrownhill 30 Mar 2011

    AdeTuono said:
    Alloy heads? You must have had a one-off. Either that, or it was a Stag V8 and you missed the other four cylinders.

    http://www.baconsdozen.co.uk/motorhome/essexengine...
    You are of course correct but it was forty years ago (I said I was old) but now its coming back to me I think it was the inlet manifold that was alloy that sat between the heads and had to come off each time.

  • joz8968 29 Mar 2011

    lazyitus said:
    dibbers006 said:
    Sexual
    Really ??

    scratchchin

    DID I ONCE ACCIDENTALLY SEE A PICTURE OF YOU ON THE INTERNET WITH YOUR WINKY WEDGED INSIDE A CAR EXHAUST? WAS THAT YOU?
    Ahh, so that's what he meant when he said he had fvcked a Princess...

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