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Ford Transit 50th birthday marked by Manheim

Ford Transit Manheim AuctionManheim Remarketing has seen in excess of 500,000 used Transits pass through its CV auction centres since the iconic van was launched in 1965. The auction sale value of Transits has totalled £425m post 2007.

The oldest Transit sold by Manheim since 2007 was a 25-year old, 1987 E-reg van, which is now being restored by James Davis, Manheim’s director of Commercial Vehicles. It has 48,000 miles on the clock and one former owner.
 
In 2014, Manheim sold the highest mileage Transit on record, a 10-year old Transit 350 15-seat minibus with a staggering 594,499 miles on the clock. All Ford Transits sold since 2007 through Manheim’s physical and online auctions have had a combined age of 525,417 years and a total mileage of almost nine billion; 8,866,589,154 miles, to be precise.
 
The 50 biggest Transit buyers have between them bought 21,442 Transits worth more than £100m. The top Transit sellers among Manheim’s 18 physical auction sites have been Colchester, selling 30,000 units since 2007; Gloucester, which sold 25,000 and Haydock, which saw 21,000 pass through its gates.
 
Manheim 50th birthday Ford TransitsTo celebrate the Ford Transit’s 50th birthday, Manheim is holding a fortnight of birthday sale events from 3 to 14 August at all seven of its commercial vehicle auction centres and Manheim Online. For each Transit sold, Manheim will pledge £10 to charity; £5 donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity long-supported by Ford of Britain, and £5 going to the Manheim Foundation.
 
Manheim is also running its ‘Backbone of Britain’ Tour, with Davis and Matthew Davock, head of LCV, running Transit 50th-branded vans around the country to each auction event.
 
“The Ford Transit is Britain’s undisputed best-selling van, so we felt it appropriate as the UK’s undisputed number one commercial vehicle auction business to support its 50th birthday celebrations,” said Davis. “Whether they are young or old, low mileage or have been around the clock, demand for the iconic van remains high and we are proud to sell thousands of them to buyers across the UK every year.”

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