Thames tation

My friends in Portugal have a 1959 Ford Thames van, engine/chassis number 715531. The van was taken to Portugal from Zimbabwe so it could be of South African origin. It was running until 4 years ago when the battery went flat. It's in reasonable condition with only a small amount of rust showing at the bottom of the doors. The registration book says Gross 1,125, Net 712 presumably kilograms. Is it worth anything in the older vehicle market, i.e. collectors? If so, would you be able to give me any indication regarding value?

Asked on 3 October 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
1959 Thames vans came as Prefect based 5cwt and 7cwt with 1,172cc side-valve engines and the bigger 'cabover' Thames 12cwt and 15cwt with Ford Consul 1,703cc ohv engines. I had a 1959 Thames 15cwt once. Yes, if the body of the van is in good, rust-free shape it might be worth something on the classic market. Try Googling 'Ford Van Club', etch and see what you come up with.
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