I’ve already written up one of the great cars I found on my trip to London this summer, but I’m not sure I’d buy a Mustang II if I lived in England. I think I might be tempted to buy the van you see here. If it is what I think it is, it’s a rare 2007 Ford Transit SportVan being driven by a dude smoking a cigarette on his way to a job.
This photo was taken en route to the British Museum on a rainy day in London this summer (which is to say, it could have been just about any day in London). The road gleamed brightly as the cool July rain mixed with oil and other automotive grease to create almost a runway worth of London Fashion Week for the various lorries, black cabs, and commuter cars that were willing to pay the fee to get into the city.
And there I saw it. My companions were, by this point, fairly used to me darting off to take a photo of a random car, but even they couldn’t grasp what vehicle I was chasing after. I knew immediately. This wasn’t just a commercial van, this was a Transit SportVan.
Here’s how RACPlus describes it:
The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, with 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The exterior features Moondust Silver paintwork, Le Mans-style graphite bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.
Inside the cab: velour trim, air conditioning, Sony radio/CD with DAB with remote steering-column-mounted controls, Bluetooth, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, leather gearshift knob and a perimeter alarm are also standard.
I think this is a 2007-ish model in Sea Grey with silver stripes, which is one of the rarer ones. Here’s what one of those looks like in white/blue:
And here’s the rear:
I’m open to being wrong about this, so please let me know if this is a different year OR someone actually took the time to take a regular Transit and convert it into a tribute:
Obviously, the alloys have been replaced, but given the condition of most wheels around London I wouldn’t blame the owners for swapping out to something more sensible and storing the nicer shoes for the weekend. Also, the guy in the driver’s seat smoking, I think, gave me a look of appreciation for appreciating his excellent choice of work van.