1968 Ford Transit Mk1 Camper
Engine, gearbox and brakes overhauled; running and driving; a well equipped and very smart MkI Transit camper
In 1965, Ford launched the front-engined Transit into a market segment largely dominated by so-called 'forward control' vehicles where the driver sat virtually on top of, or right next to the engine.
The engines used in the UK were the Essex V4 for the petrol version in 1.7- and 2-litre capacities. By using relatively short V4 engines, Ford were able to minimise the additional length needed to place the engine ahead of the driver, thus significantly reducing the excessive noise, smell and cabin heat of earlier vans.
The Transit has been the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe eversince, with over 8 million of them produced, sold and thrashed to within an inch of their lives; who hasn’t been stuck behind one, or had one up their own exhaust - often at the same time.
Used and developed for any and all jobs, it wasn’t long before a camper version made its debut. This stunning 1968 example joined the James Hull collection in 2013 having been freshly restored by its previous owner.
It had languished in dry storage for 25 years, before being exhumed and recommissioned for the road. Its period in hibernation had been kind, with no welding required underneath (when did you last hear that about a Transit). The engine was removed and ‘rebuilt’, although there are no bills to tell us what work was undertaken and the gearbox serviced with new seals and fresh oil.
The brakes and lines were also replaced along with the shock absorbers – using as many NOS items as possible and the interior is very smart and original, including the two-burner hob and grill.
We sold it from the collection in 2018, since when it has been used on high days and holidays. The car has had ten previous owners and is certainly one of the nicest Transits we have seen, and since it has been onsite with us has been running and driving rather nicely.
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