1974 Ford Transit Mk1 Dormobile sold at auction for 18.400 €

Ford Transit have long been undervalued compared to VW Bus T2 Campers, but this 1974 Transit Dormobile fetched a good price at Historics Auction in Brooklands Museum on September 23, 2017.

This charming camper van with 109k miles on the clock had an estimate of 9.000 to 14.000 GBP, but finally sold for 16.240 GBP or 18.400 EUR! This clearly shows that original Transit Mk1 Campers are rising in value (finally).

Historics described the car as follows:

„Originally registered in 1974, it was owned and enjoyed by the same gentleman for some 28 years until his passing. We are told by his son that his father was a manager at the Ford factory and that he ordered the van with specially selected panels and put it through the paint shop three times giving the body as much paint as the chassis. He also had a two litre, Essex V4 engine fitted with a beefed up diesel gearbox, flywheel and diff which is believed to be the same engine as in the vehicle today; this would explain the log book not giving an exact engine size but instead listing it as 9999cc. It has been enjoyed by many families including that of the current vendor’s.

PCR 793M has recently been restored to its former glory including fresh paint. The interior was kept as it was when originally ordered and recovered in the same style fire retardant cloth; it also offers a working electric sink, gas hob and grill. Sleeping two in the roof and two below and in all original specification, we are told this vehicle drives as well as it looks and has an MoT test certificate valid until May 2018. Compared to the similar VW Camper this is epic value and we think, given the rarity in this condition, slightly cooler.“

Link to Historics Auctions:

https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2017-09-23/cars/ref-51-1974-ford-transit-mki-dormobile/

Ford Transit Mk1 Westfalia Wannsee

Lange genug haben wir nun schon von einem Oldtimer-Wohnmobil geträumt und das Internet durchforstet. Aber die Suche war nicht einfach. Ja, es gibt viele schöne VW Bullis, aber wir wollten etwas weniger naheliegendes, nicht everybody’s darling. Wir konzentrierten unsere Suche daher auf einen Opel Bedford oder Ford Transit, wobei es unbedingt ein Modell aus den 70ern mit Hubdach werden sollte. So klar die Vorstellungen waren, so aussichtslos schien zunächst die Suche nach einem guten Exemplar. In England wurden immer mal wieder von Firmen wie Dormobile umgebaute Modelle angeboten, durchaus schön, aber natürlich mit ungeliebter Rechtslenkung.  Dann aber tauchte auf mobile.de doch noch der „Sechser im Lotto“ auf…. einer der ganz raren Ford Transit Mk 1 Westfalia Wannsee, ein original deutsches Modell, welches Anfang 1978 an die Erstbesitzerin ausgeliefert wurde und sich bis heute samt Originalrechnung und Prospekt in ihrem Besitz befand. Klar, dass da die Kaufentscheidung keine Bedenkzeit mehr brauchte.