- Transit Custom converted into a R1.35-million camper
- Ford UK to release its own Transit towards end-2019
- Conversion by Ford-accredited conversion partners
BRENTWOOD, England – British Ford fan Steve North has taken delivery of a specially-commissioned dream of a Transit motor home crafted by specialised sporting and luxury converters.
What started life as a standard, long-wheelbase, Ford Transit Custom has been extensively converted and customised in a collaboration by two Ford-qualified UK vehicle modifiers to become a unique, fully-fitted, camper van.
The racy MS-RT exterior styling and luxury inside are from Wellhouse and is one more in a long line of Fords for North – he says he’s had a lifelong love for the Blue Oval.
From age 11, ford told The Corner in a media release, Steve would rush from school to his local tuning station in Stillington, a northern Yorkshire village, where he would clean carburettors and tune Ford engines under the watchful eye of the owner – ”my best mate’s dad”.
As soon as he earn a driving licence North bought a Ford Escort Mk 1 but since then he has driven many Fords, from Cortinas to Sierras and various Escorts.
He also built an Escort Mk 2 Rally car, a Group 4 BDG two-litre from what was originally a shell. He decided to sell it and set his sights on a camper van after entering the Escort in a few rallies and sprints,
North, who now lives in the county city seat, York, wanted a van that combined the style and performance of an MS-RT Transit Custom with the comfort and luxury of a Wellhouse camper van.
In conjunction with Ford QVM-accredited Wellhouse, he selected the exact specifications he wanted – which included a full kitchen, luxurious ”lounge”, and an elevating roof for an attic-style bedroom.
The van also has with xenon headlights, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, Starlit Alcantara roof, and Alcantara facia.
With the interior conversion being handled by Wellhouse, North approached QVM-accredited partner MS-RT to providing some serious visual style. MS-RT’s new Transit Custom package was adapted for the van specification, with a full body kit and anthracite 18” wheel rims backed up by a twin exhaust system and some bold graphics.
The cabin’s Wellhouse seating package was given a stylish MS-RT white leather finish with blue stitching and crash restraints while motive power comes from a two-litre EcoBlue 170PS diesel engine sending torque to the wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The final UK price was £77 000 – about R1.35-million.
North added: “I wanted an MS-RT Transit camper van built to my own specifications and my expectations are pretty high,
“I’m hoping to have some good times out exploring some Ford shows and motorcycle shows – once my trailer has been built to carry my classic bikes – and I’m looking forward to travelling around the country seeking new adventures.”
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