Sunday, 18 December 2011

Ford of Britain 100: Image of the Week – 50/52

To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Ford's unique relationship with Britain and its society will be illustrated each week by specially selected pictures. This week we revive a milestone in Ford of Britain's history - the production of the five millionth Ford Transit van in August 2005.

The Transit Van Club formed to mark the 40th anniversary of Ford Transit production teamed up with Ford engineers and executives to create a convoy of more than 60 vans – ranging from ambulances to Ford’s World Rallye Transit – spanning the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Essex.

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was opened in 1991 by Her Majesty The Queen and today provides a river crossing for more than 50m vehicles annually. (

Consistent investment, exciting breakthroughs in technology and engine development mean that the Ford Transit has maintained its market leadership for more than 46 years in the UK.

With engines built at the Ford Dagenham Engine Plant in Essex, commercial vehicle research and development at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre, Essex, transmissions produced from the Getrag-Ford joint venture in Halewood, Merseyside and manufacturing in Southampton, this British icon continues to thrive.

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