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Ford Transit: Is this the most important vehicle in Britain’s history? | Top Gear RETROspective

Ford Transit: Is this the most important vehicle in Britain’s history? | Top Gear RETROspective



The trusty old Ford Transit van is the UK’s best-selling commercial vehicle. Beloved of brickies, posties, chippies, roadies and everything in between. It’s a proper van’s van. Could it be the most important vehicle in the history of Britain? In the latest episode of our retro mini-series, Top Gear Magazine’s Jack Rix finds out…

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  • Effer Vescence
    May 1, 2021

    The old ones were brilliant, it's just a shame since they moved production to Turkey that within a month of launching a new model or update all the security flaws are across the net. Almost as if they don't have an anti virus suite or pay the staff over there enough.

  • wozzont123
    May 1, 2021

    As wide as a 917?!

  • Jival Roopnarian
    May 1, 2021

    Sabine you will be missed

  • Rori paddison
    May 1, 2021

    They should do a transit main feature on show

  • Syd Clark
    May 1, 2021

    I think so, Top Gear paid homage to it and it's history 😉

  • Excellent video, loved the narration…. Love this new format…. I hope more such videos would be produced and released in YouTube.

  • Javier Salcedo
    May 1, 2021

    Transit with jaguar engine master race

  • Michael Carney
    May 1, 2021

    Iearned to drive in a1993 flat bed Transit. So now I have a weird obssesion with liking vans more than cars!

  • LynxAdvert
    May 1, 2021

    Driven all new vans. Think the new Transit is a bit shit. Sprinters have been the best for a good while.

  • Shawn Ritchie
    May 1, 2021

    Did anyone else see the Supervan with the “V6” that looked a lot like a V8?

  • Mr Mawson
    May 1, 2021

    It did used to be a good runner, but my dad said the sound was atrocious

  • maximumtheandy
    May 1, 2021

    Just bin off Paddy and Flintoff and get Jack Rix on the TV.

  • Christian Ness
    May 1, 2021

    Why do the British always claim that Ford's history is part of their history??? It's an american brand, learn up.

  • Mixeddrinks
    May 1, 2021

    Ford really has some iconic popular cars. The F150 in the US, the Focus worldwide, the Transit in UK. Etc. The man eating Mustang worldwide but my favorite is still the glove wearing man's favorite car, the Bronco.

  • andred gb
    May 1, 2021

    amazing achievement and don't mean to burst the bubble, but in my a view a supervan must be able to function as a van

  • Unique Khan
    May 1, 2021

    These old Mk1 Tranists can still be seen on roads of Pakistan converted into passenger vehicles. But now they are being replaced with newer vans.

  • L R
    May 1, 2021

    Love this <3

  • Steve Jewiss
    May 1, 2021

    BBC please stop with the perpetuating of the the myth that Ford is somehow still British . The transit hasn't been made here for nearly 20 years . It's made in Turkey .
    Ford don't make anything here now apart from a few engines . And as to the Transit delivering stuff ,.lost stuff I have delivered is delivered in Mercedes Sprinter probably now the most popular Van . This is exactly why I don't bother with Top Gear anymore .
    Stuck in the imagined past of UK motoring that just doesn't exist anymore .

  • Russell Bluewolf
    May 1, 2021

    being in the states we didnt get the transit, but i remember ford vans being EVERYWHERE as a kid..i even had one for a brief time in high school..

  • Joshua Collins
    May 2, 2021

    Coolest commercial that I have seen in a while, 😁. Seriously though, great video!

  • Steven Maniscalco
    May 2, 2021

    Wow i didnt realize sabine schmitz died. I remember first seeing her in the nurburgring episode. her energy was something special i imagine she was a huge inspiration to aspiring female racers. Rip sabine.

  • Infinity Plus1
    May 2, 2021

    I've grown up in the middle seat of a MK5 transit. I remember playing with the clock on the dash with my toes because I was so small. Some really great memories of going to car shows and work in the same van.

  • offdeadeye88
    May 2, 2021

    lol just copied the same show but different presenters

  • Rich Robinson
    May 2, 2021

    That nice of him to stop and talk to us while making deliverys

  • Opening Crowder
    May 2, 2021

    Wow i did not know about Sabine Schmitzs passing, so sad.

  • Eliud Maina
    May 2, 2021

    Fantastic film

  • Keith Whitty
    May 2, 2021

    The VW Transporter is far superior and drives like a car, not a van.

  • joekool5005
    May 2, 2021

    Probably an ok vehicle in the UK but in Australia they're the biggest heap of junk ever imported. The only decent Transit is one that's had a V8 conversion. Funnily enough, I would love to find an earlier one and do an LS swap!

  • Be8
    May 2, 2021

    Well,this thing moves Britain. Few hours earlier,a guy came to install some furniture at my house…..in a Transit. It's a legend.

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    Mini: Let me introduce myself

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  • Eric Tyle
    May 2, 2021

    The Transit was/is top-gear.

  • Ross White
    May 2, 2021

    I’m pleased that you said traffic moved more gently, because you can not compare a 65 transit to modern vehicles, at the time, it was cutting edge, so what’s basic by today’s standard, was just the ticket and what was needed in 65, worlds best selling van, enough said

  • Akshat Singhal
    May 2, 2021

    Drive a pickup like a real man. Vans are for pansies

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