Celebrating 50 years of Ford Transit vans

On 9th August 1965 the first example of the iconic Ford Transit rolled off the production line in Langley, Berkshire. A legend was born. Fifty years later and Britain still loves the Transit. It is an iconic household brand that has featured in everyone’s life story, we’ve taken it into our hearts. Quite simply it is the best new and used selling van in the UK. It’s far more than the Backbone of Britain; it has helped made Britain Great. Join James Davis on Facebook >

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“The Ford Transit is Britain’s undisputed best-selling van"

New Blog: Manheim's Commercial Vehicle auction centres have been coming together to raise money for Macmillan and the Manheim Foundation throughout August. James Davis, Director of Commercial Vehicles, has compiled a blog about how the Transit 50th birthday events have gone - in his latest post, from 17th August 2015, you'll read about all the events and how much was raised for the above charities. Click the link below to read his update.

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We're hoping to raise £10,000 for charity

To celebrate the Ford Transit’s 50th birthday, Manheim is holding a fortnight of birthday sale events from 3rd to 14th August at all seven of its commercial vehicle auction centres and Manheim Online. At each auction event, for each Transit sold, Manheim will pledge £10 to charity, with £5 donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity long-supported by Ford UK, and £5 going to the Manheim Foundation.

Hitachi donated van with all proceeds from the auction sale going to charity

The birth of a legend

By 1976, 1 million Transits had rolled off the line with subsequent million markers passing by in 1985, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2013

By the end of 2015, 9 million examples of Transit will have been produced. Lined end-to-end the queue of Transits would be 31,000 miles long - more than enough to circle the globe!

Since reporting records began in 2006, Manheim Commercial Vehicles have sold over 84,000 Transits at a total hammer price of £353 million (plus VAT)!

Manheim celebrates 50 years of the Ford Transit

Transit 50th birthday ‘Backbone of Britain’ tour

Date

13 APRIL
14, 15, 16 APRIL
3 MAY
16-25 MAY
25, 26, 27, 28 JUNE
26, 27, 28 JUNE
7 JULY
7, 8, 9 JULY
11 JULY
14 JULY
24 JULY
26 JULY

2 AUGUST

3 AUGUST
4 AUGUST
5 AUGUST


6 AUGUST
7 AUGUST

7, 8, 9 AUGUST


10 AUGUST
11 AUGUST
12 AUGUST


13 AUGUST
14 AUGUST


11, 12, 13 SEPTEMBER
13 SEPTEMBER
19 SEPTEMBER
13, 14, 15 NOVEMBER

Event

TRANSIT 50TH PRESS EVENT
CV SHOW
SIMPLY BEAULIEU
TRANSIT SHOW LIVE
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
VAN NATS - UK NATIONALS VAN FESTIVAL
FORD CLOSED AUCTION (INVITE ONLY)
DRIVE IT
TRANSIT VAN FORD 50TH EVENT
EUROPEAN MEDIA EVENT
FORD MOTOR COMPANY ENTHUSUASTS DAY
CLASSIC VAN AND PICK UP SHOW

FORD FAIR

MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT

FORD TRANSIT VAN CLUB 10TH ANNUAL EVENT


MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT
MANHEIM AUCTIONS BIRTHDAY EVENT

GOODWOOD REVIVAL
FORD FEST
FORD TRANSIT VAN CLUB MEET
CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Location

HILTON METROPOLE, BIRMINGHAM
NEC, BIRMINGHAM
BEAULIEU MOTOR MUSEUM, HAMPSHIRE
TRANSIT DEALERS, NATIONWIDE
GOODWOOD HOUSE, WEST SUSSEX
VILLAGE HALL, AKELEY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
MANHEIM COVENTRY
BRUNTINGTHORPE, LEICESTERSHIRE
DUNTON, LAINDON, ESSEX
DUNTON, LAINDON, ESSEX
WARLEY, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX
BRITISH COMMERCIAL MUSEUM, LEYLAND, LANCASHIRE
SILVERSTONE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

LEEDS >
HAYDOCK >
COLCHESTER >
SHOTTS >
WASHINGTON >
GLOUCESTER >
MANSFIELD >

HERITAGE MOTOR MUSEUM, GAYDON, WARWICKSHIRE

LEEDS >
HAYDOCK >
COLCHESTER >
SHOTTS >
WASHINGTON >
GLOUCESTER >
MANSFIELD >


GOODWOOD HOUSE, WEST SUSSEX
SANTA POD RACEWAY, BEDFORDSHIRE
ACE CAFÉ, WEMBLEY, NORTH LONDON
NEC, BIRMINGHAM

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