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Ford Transit Diesel MkI

Ford Transit MkI in Endeavour, Movie made for TV, 2012 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

Ford Transit Diesel MkI

Position 01:37:39 [*] Background vehicle

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Sandie SX

2012-07-04 23:37

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Ford Transit MK1, diesel nose. The plate 777 JKX should be too old for one of these.

dsl SX

2012-07-04 23:43

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777 JKX was a 59 plate ...

cl82 DE

2012-07-05 02:14

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Pretty sure it was built in the UK.

dsl SX

2012-07-05 02:46

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As I understand it, the Transit was a joint project between Ford UK and Cologne as the first move in the mid-60s towards creating an integrated Ford Europe - so the Transit was designed as a pan-Europe project to be produced in both UK (Southampton, though may have been assembled at Dagenham early on) and D, plus wherever else Ford had suitable European plants. So origin should at a purist level be UK and D together. In practice, it probably makes sense for us to use Origin UK on all UK examples and Origin D on all European ones, possibly modified by Made in (wherever) for any local assembly. UK Origin would also apply for RHD assembly elsewhere - eg ZA, Aus, NZ etc. If anyone can add to or correct this scenario - please do. Am not sure - for instance - of the design responsibilities for later Transits; however Southampton assembly carried until well into the 2000s.

The Capri was the first jointly developed car in Mk1 form, so we can use the same Origin convention between UK and D. I think Mk2 & 3 updates were German-led, but AFAIK UK production continued into the Mk3 era although final cars were all D-made. This topic could run and run - for instance all Mk1 Escort design responsibility was UK, and at launch assembly was UK and Belgium only, with no D assembly until mid 69. And there is an argument that the Cortina Mk3 was basically a German design within the TC1 project, with minor UK input to create different bodywork (which was really a blatant rip-off of the 1967 Victor [FD]). Within all these divisions the UK and D engine families remained separate for Capri, Transit, Cortina/Taunus for much longer than the design responsibilities.

ingo DE

2012-07-05 20:00

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But... /vehicle.php?id=511034 :think:

The Capri 3.0 was built in Britain, also all for the German market. The early MkI for sure, but I don't know about the following models. As Wiki says http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Capri the 1973-MY for sure. Some months ago there was a story about a Capri-freak in one magazine, where he told a lot of such details.
The UK-made Capris were made with inch-bits and -measures, the German in the metric system. This cause the problem, that you cannot exchange the most parts between a D-Capri and an UK-Capri.

cl82 DE

2012-07-06 00:58

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@dsl: AFAIK the Transit was built in Langley during its first years (1965-72) before production was switched to Southampton.

dsl SX

2012-07-06 01:19

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Thanks - I sort of knew Southampton was not the first production site and was uneasy about claiming Dagenham, but am not a van man so was at the limits of my knowledge.

cl82 DE

2012-07-07 01:27

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That's alright. I didn't know that for a long time, too.

dsl SX

2012-09-13 15:25

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cl82 wrote The Transit was built in Langley during its first years (1965-72) before production was switched to Southampton.

Have just read that Langley was originally the factory where they made the Supermarine Spitfire in WW2; the Southampton factory was originally where they made the Hawker Hurricane. So the Transit has aviation heritage running through its veins.

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