Top 10: Classic Ford Transit gallery

Marking the sad news that UK production of the Transit ended on the 24 July 2013, we remember some happier times for the iconic van once described by Ford as 'the backbone of Britain'.

During its run at the top of the British van market since its launch in 1965, the Ford Transit has come define the medium sized panel van market to such an extent that most people ended up calling them - whether they were by Bedford, Toyota or Renault - 'Trannies' as the default name for the entire species.

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Ford Transit (1986-1994)

As before, the Transit attracted all manner of aftermarket modifications, thanks to its adaptable chassis configuration, and ever-increasing variety of body options. The pick-up version proved particularly popular, as Capital Radio's 'Mile Muncher' proved in 1986, when it was used to herald the opening of the the M25, by circling it non-stop for seven days and seven nights.

In 1992, the Transit was treated to a subtle facelift, which saw its independent front suspension set-up rolled-out across all versions, and a new payload floor was fitted for an even roomier load bay. By this point, Transits were being built in Southampton, Genk in Belgium, and Kocaeli in Turkey.


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