You’ve heard of the Ford Model T, but how about the Model TT?
Added: 21 August 2017
Though less well-known than the Model T, the Model TT has also had a big impact - as the forerunner to the iconic Ford Transit.
First launched in 1917, the Model TT was Ford’s first purpose-built one-tonne van. Owners could customise the chassis with a cargo bed to transport everything from letters to fuel - just as they can today in the 2017 Ford Transit Custom.
Initially, the Model TT was launched in the U.S and later built at Ford’s Trafford Park factory in Manchester. It was longer and stronger than the Model T car, with a cab that could seat one driver and one passenger. The engine was started using a cranking handle on the front and for a smoother ride, customers could choose modern air-filled rear tyres, instead of solid rubber.
One hundred years later, Ford now offers the best-selling commercial vehicle range in Britain and across Europe, with four commercial vehicles now carrying the iconic Transit nameplate – Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier – as well as the Ford Ranger pickup.
In the UK alone, Ford has maintained market leadership in the commercial vehicle sector for 51 years, ever since the Ford Transit was introduced in 1965. Transit sales passed its first million milestone in 1976, rapidly passing the next in 1985, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2013, which lined up end-to-end would circumnavigate the globe. On average, customers have bought a new Transit every 180 seconds during its lifetime.
If you’d like to become one of those customers, visit Day’s Transit Centre and we’ll be very happy to help you.
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