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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  • How bad is new top gear? Very bed!

    Petr VolkPetr Volk4 timmar sedan
  • what is this, where are the origanal top gear men, no one likes you

    Will LedinghamWill Ledingham13 timmar sedan
  • I will always love Mk1 Transits (With sliding doors).

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  • first gen transit is such a prety van

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  • If you've got a van it's like you've got an MBA, but you've also got a van.

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  • Wait........ Wheres jeremy clarkson and those two guy😀

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  • WHY THE ANNOYING MUSIC DRONING ON WHILE HE'S SPEAKING?

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  • That bare dash. All you need is a Speedo, a fuel gauge and an oil pressure warning light. Any and everything else is superfluous.

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  • why you hiding clarkson 5:44

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  • Rip queen 👸👑 sabine Smichtz

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  • RIP

    Ben RoseBen Rose4 dagar sedan
  • A contractor van that will fit in a very Urban underground parking garage or high-rise garage is the hardest puzzle to get right!?!.... as an ex carpet cleaner, ask me how I know! ;)

    Josh DobsonJosh Dobson4 dagar sedan
  • R.I.P Sabine, the most charmfully person at the Nürburgring I ever did meet

    Kay FelixKay Felix5 dagar sedan
  • Where is Hammond

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  • I hope this series has much more to come. WONDERFUL Story!!!

    Marcelino MariwaMarcelino Mariwa5 dagar sedan
  • Drove a few in the 70's for thousands of miles in all weathers. A fantastic machine to drive and work with. RIP Sabine.

    David PetersDavid Peters6 dagar sedan
  • If the Supervan didn't work, you could have asked Guy Martin if you could borrow his... Full sized Transit Custom with a 3.5L EcoBoost Radical engine that has puts out approx 700 bhp....

    Rob SayerRob Sayer6 dagar sedan
  • woah this is top notch quality stuff.

    Jammas ChanJammas Chan6 dagar sedan
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  • I just came to see what top gear had become.... Shi-.

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  • I remember driving to boarding school on the first day in a transit with windows, it could hardly make it up the hill to the town where the school was located, we broke down several times and the poor driver kept poking his head about as if begging the van to go faster...I was late for my first day but it was fun and my mother had a lot of explaining to do...

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  • I like the old ford transit

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  • I miss the old boys :(

    RevelzRevelz7 dagar sedan
  • You could buy a brand new van for an equivalent £10k back then. And you have my Grandma telling me I have it easy.

    MashmarrinerMashmarriner7 dagar sedan
    • You can buy a used van for 5k today that will be more reliable, faster, more comfortable and have a higher payload than that brand new transit. Not sure we really have an argument against grandma there 😂

      Lewis ClarkLewis Clark4 dagar sedan
  • When he said "the LATE great Sabine Schmitz" I was like, "Hold up, What?!" I had to google that to know that she had passed away in mid-March 2021. R.I.P. Sabine.

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  • And This is a Beautiful Tribute for the Late S.S. People at T.G. I Love Ur Work People, Keep up the Good Work, I Love it.👍🏿🙏🏿👌🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👌🏿🇩🇪🇹🇷😘💋👩🏼x

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  • Ay! It's Good to see the Movi Star Mk6 up close and Personal again! I Love my Minibuses and Vans sm.😘💋🇹🇷❤️🔥😎x

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  • Clarkson already covered this years ago. This programme is truly awful since he left.

    Stan GoslingStan Gosling7 dagar sedan
    • Psssst. This is the magazine. But don't let that get in the way of your lovely story.

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  • I had no idea Sabine passed. Dang. What a loss. TG needs to do a tribute in the next series.

    Steve StringerSteve Stringer7 dagar sedan
    • They made a tribute. Here's the link, bud. secrone.info/video/nMl8hKy5oXp6psk/video.html

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  • They forgot to mention , some of you may have been conceived in the back of a transit van 😊

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  • The Ford Transit ran Britain during the 80’s

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  • My friend can you give me free gaming laptop for my birthday gift on 8may 2021.

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  • Anyone wish james may was reviewing this?

    Cooper ChanCooper Chan7 dagar sedan
  • Many fond memories of the mk1 spent many years doing antique furniture removals in one in the late seventies it was light blue with sliding doors. reliable and easy to fix.

    Dr. LeftfieldDr. Leftfield7 dagar sedan
  • Just got a 2019 Ford Transit xlt 150 - stoked! It's got a 130" wheel base and is a passenger model. Thanks so much for this history as it stokes me out as a recent owner! Thank you!

    Jonathan JenningsJonathan Jennings7 dagar sedan
  • when mkbhd kicks in

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  • This film can never beat Sabine and Hammonds tribute to the transit

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    • @Alle Warten Auf Das Licht shut

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    • It's not a competition.

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  • So weird that on this side of the pond we had the Econoline. Probably the same level of icon. Matter in fact, I drive a 1995 E350 based former ambulance converted for rv use.

    Joshua TootellJoshua Tootell7 dagar sedan
  • It's a shame that Southampton isn't the home of Transit any more...thanks to EU money shipping it out to Turkey!

    Glen LockyerGlen Lockyer8 dagar sedan
    • Turkey isn't in the EU. The EU had nothing to do with it. It was Ford's decision. Are you blaming the EU for Honda pulling out too? Will you blame them when Nissan and PSA/Vauxhall eventually go?

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  • So why are they taxing us out of London....where the work normally is ?

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  • If I remember correctly, you are copying the GTO team of all time: Jezza, Hamster, and Cpt. slow. How about you all be original?

    Evan SmillieEvan Smillie8 dagar sedan
  • Mercedes Sprinter all day, everyday !

    First Name SurnameFirst Name Surname8 dagar sedan
  • "The transit became the template for all vans that followed" And again your UK bias, arrogance & disinformation strikes again. The American-made Ford Econoline predated the little Transit by four years in 1961. The slightly different Panel-truck, which was based off the pickup trucks predates that back to the twenties.

    Ricardo EllisonRicardo Ellison8 dagar sedan
  • JAMES may or the other guy i forgot

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  • After the clarkson this is the first video i am watching of top gear

    Eddy MoonEddy Moon8 dagar sedan
  • still mis the old top gear

    Abrisam UtomoAbrisam Utomo8 dagar sedan
    • It's been 6 years. Let it go. If you were like this about an ex boyfriend for 6 years, your friends and family would tell you to seek professional help. You're even worse than that, because you don't even know the 3 has-beens you're pining for personally. It's pathetic.

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  • What a brilliant tribute to the Transit and Sabine 👍🏻❤️

    Ian HamerIan Hamer8 dagar sedan
  • In the title vs. opening statement, there is a big difference between "the most" and "one of the most" important vehicles in British motoring history. I'd say the Mini had a greater impact.

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  • All those iterations of Supervans to make an actual production model of it, but only in North America. The Transit there can be optioned with the 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 making 310 horsepower. It may not have the driving characteristics of a race car, but it's no slouch on the road

    Louis SubearthLouis Subearth8 dagar sedan
  • Cortina,the Transit and the mini...I think of England of the 60's &70's

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  • R.I.P. Sabine. 🙏

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  • Wait you mean a FORD was found on road dead... ;)

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  • Кермо посередині має бути круто кермувати)))

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  • I've been a passenger in: a Mk1 camper a Mk2 Mini bus a Mk3 Parcel van a Mk 5 Flatbed Truck I've Driven: a Mk 4 Parcel Van a Mk 4 Mini Bus

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  • Good that the official top gear is still good while our local branded top gear which really bring the name of this brand ruines it

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  • That video is very very messy, or is it me?

    Paul SyrenPaul Syren8 dagar sedan
  • Ford need to make a hypervan. Plonk a transit over that insane mach-e they made.

    Chris ColouryumChris Colouryum8 dagar sedan
  • Sliding doors are the best vehicle invention, I don't know why every van, car, everything doesn't have them, great for those situations when someone doesn't know what the lines on a parking spot are for, and good for people like me, a wheelchair user. Easier than opening doors.

    MarkoRolloMarkoRollo8 dagar sedan
  • A brief description of what was the van market like when this Ford was launched would have been useful...

    Adil KhanAdil Khan8 dagar sedan
  • More of this please!

    Roshan SrinivasRoshan Srinivas8 dagar sedan
  • 8:45 "acres and acres of room"? It's as if a million physics and math teachers around the world start crying at once.

    Stefan MischStefan Misch8 dagar sedan
  • been looking for a fleet of vintage Ford TRANSIT Mk 1 1.6 V4 3-Dr MPV (RHD) for my private automobile museum which houses a fleet of 23 classic vintage!!! would love to have a 1998 Ford TRANSIT Mk 3 4WD + 1.0 in. Lift 2.3 TDI I4 4-Dr MPV (RHD) as well!!!

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  • Corvette one c7 but c8 is not corvette

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  • Pakistan is still using 1965 model FORD TRANSIT in rural areas their power is so good

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  • epic vehicle

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  • Oh, it's zombie Top Gear, no thanks.

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  • 95% of the bank jobs...... And then someone should tell me that SUVs are gangsta.

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  • Wow , only vehicle to carry a dinosaur 😁

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  • Fake Hammond

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    • maybe it's hammonds bastard boy

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  • I miss old top gear

    senthil subramaniamsenthil subramaniam9 dagar sedan
  • Supervan 1 a V6? I count 8 air inlets

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  • Could you put new name for "top gear" to "bored car show"

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    • @Gary hmm? That not true. This new top gear isnt like old. I mean in old they have fun driving trough continents and almost every country in world. Today they just show the super cars nothing funny

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    • This wasn't boring. And you're obviously not a car guy.

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  • Hola saludos desde argentina

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  • RIP 👸 Queen Sabine.

    The Foul-mouthed CypriotThe Foul-mouthed Cypriot9 dagar sedan
  • If you can figure out how to get it on/in you too can figure out how to OVERLOAD IT! and it will TRY to carry it! Didn't John Williams (of Williams F1 fame) take a transporter (from Renault) that his guys stuffed a Cosworth DFW into (with hand controls) for him? P.S.S. you can currently buy a transit in U.S. for work, I think the drive train is from a Taurus and the rest...from a cinder-block.

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  • Old top gear Is best

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    • It's been 6 years. Let it go. If you were like this about an ex boyfriend for 6 years, your friends and family would tell you to seek professional help. You're even worse than that, because you don't even know the 3 has-beens you're pining for personally. It's pathetic

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    • 1. This is Top Gear magazine 2. Get over it

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    • Yea

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  • 2jz swap

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  • 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17

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  • The late Sabine Schmitz? Sabine is dead.....?

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  • Everyone never forget u SABINE.

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  • I always liked the Facelifted mk1 LWB& Quad Wheels.

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  • The ford Transit is not British.

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  • Any chance you could replace Paddy with this guy?

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  • Great episode this one

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  • You need to make this guy a host!

    James GoldsworthyJames Goldsworthy9 dagar sedan
  • Сто лет это в интернете искал! Top Gear - You're the best!!!

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  • The transit was a better van than the vw transporters that were rear engined. Both are iconic but the transit looks better suited for heavier loads

    Arnold van de WorpArnold van de Worp9 dagar sedan