The World’s Fastest Van! The original Transit Supervan Mk1 on Biglorryblog thanks to Dave Hill at Ford Motor Company!

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Now you’re talking ‘express’ delivery! Biglorryblog is indebted to Dave Hill at Ford Motor Company for kindly providing me with these ‘heritage’ PR pictures of the original Ford Transit Mk 1 Supervan. Thanks Dave! (And please note these images are copyright to Ford Motor Company and NOT for downloading/copying etc) Now click through here for more…..

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As I understand it the original Supervan had a mid-mounted five-litre Gurney Westlake Ford V8 engine as used in the old GT40 Ford Le mans car…with four Weber carbs and five-speed ZF box—so it was pushing out around 400hp! Not bad for a one-tonne panel van..

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Don’t you just love those big boots!

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No wonder they put the engine in the cargo area…it would have been a hell of a tight fit in the engine compartment! Mind you, being mid-engined it would have been nicely balanced…

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Top speed was nudging the 150mph mark while first gear got you close to 50mph!

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And there it goes..into the pages of history..but what a beast!

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