Auction company Manheim is celebrating 50 years of the Ford Transit, having sold more than 500,000 used examples of the iconic van since its launch in 1965.
The commercial vehicle specialist is running a ‘backbone of Britain’ tour, taking specially-branded Transits around its auctions as part of the van’s anniversary celebrations.
Since records began in 2007, Manheim has sold 84,000 Transits, with a total sales value of more than £425 million. The company estimates that total sales of Transit vans sold at its auctions exceed half a million.
The oldest Ford Transit sold by Manheim since 2007 was a 25-year-old model sporting an E-registration. With only one former owner on the V5, it had covered just 48,000 miles and was snapped up by Manheim’s director of commercial vehicles, James Davis.
Davis said: “The Ford Transit is Britain’s undisputed bestselling van, so we felt it appropriate as the UK’s undisputed number one commercial vehicle auction business to support its 50th birthday celebrations. Whether they are young or old, low-mileage or have been around the clock, demand for the iconic van remains high and we are proud to sell thousands of them to buyers across the UK every year.”
The highest mileage Transit on record to go through Manheim’s auction is a 10-year-old minibus showing 594,499 miles on the clock.
To celebrate the Ford Transit’s 50th birthday, Manheim is holding a fortnight of birthday sale events starting on 3rd August. For each Transit sold, it will donate £10 to charity. The proceeds will be divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Manheim foundation.