70 Years of Ford Vehicles

70 Years of Ford Trucks

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VW Bulli designer also formed the FK 1000, Ford Transit’s forerunner, in 1952. A competition that encourages Ford and VW to collaborate today.

Ford FK 1000 and Ford 1250 (1953-1962) models in a group photo.

(Photo: Ford-Werke GmbH, Cologne)

Who does not know them, the Ford Transit minivans and Volkswagen Polly. The light commercial vehicles that played a major role in Europe are such an economic miracle as camper vans and camper vans.

But hardly anyone knows this duo has the same father: designer Alfred Hesner finalized the Volkswagen T1 and then, in 1952, conceived the Transit forerunner FK 1000 and marketed it the following year as a “fast freighter” until the tracker went This Volkswagen came to the crossover in a turnaround in 1965 and thus established itself as the European market leader among light ‘utility’.

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Legend Mode

In terms of cult status, Bulli is far ahead, but Transit has also long achieved legendary status. Even in the age of construction, the Ford FK 1000 made quite a splash as the fastest pickup truck, and from “Swinging 1960” many pop bands put their faith in the talents of Transit’s tour buses.

Finally, Scotland Yard declared the wrecked Ford the most wanted truck in Great Britain: “In 95 percent of all bank robberies, offenders rely on transit,” a police spokesperson said in 1972. Ford immediately promoted this “required image for speed” with Superman for the world speed records.

In the 21st century, Transit has grown into a model family of four sizes, only to discover the topic of electricity. The Transit Custom has been available as a plug-in hybrid since 2019, and the E-Transit will follow on the Ford van’s 70th anniversary. Above all, Transit Connect starts as the first child of a collaboration with VW, which will also create a common platform for future generations of Transit and Bulli.

2020: Cooperation with Volkswagen

This comprehensive cooperation with Volkswagen, signed in 2020, was certainly not something Group Chairman Henry Ford II could have imagined when, after World War II, he rejected the offer of the victorious Allied powers to run the plant in Wolfsburg himself with “No! “.

On the other hand, in those dark days after the war, arch rivals Ford and Volkswagen first began to work together, because in 1948 the re-released Ford Taunus was assembled at the Wolfsburg plant.

Starting in 2023, Ford will build the E-Transit Custom model in Turkey.

Right next door, Alfred Hessner designed the Volkswagen Transporter T1, but had to take into account the design of the Beetle with an 18 kW / 25 hp rear engine, which was too weak for heavy loads.

Hessner, who switched to Ford Cologne in 1952, found the engine from the Taunus 12 M sedan, 23 kW / 38 hp, which is most exciting, powering the modern Ford FK 1000 donkey.

The fire brigade leads 100 things.

FK 1000, the brand’s symbol representing Ford Cologne and an impressive 1,000kg payload (compared to 750kg for the first VW T1), but the model designation also inspired the advertising slogan “drive the fire brigade 100 things” and the term Express freighter. The media used it as a “raging room,” but soon recognized Ford’s angry Achilles heel.

The Cologne light truck, which was installed by vehicle builder Draeus in Heilbronn, suffered a structural weakness that developer Heisner and chief engineer Alphonse Streit accepted in favor of a maximum loading volume. Unloaded, the FK 1000 was heavy on top due to the front engine being positioned too far in front and then inadvertently jumping over the streets, especially since these often had cobblestones.

1965: Volkswagen Poli in a top league

Only a modified platform made it possible to move the four cylinders into the cockpit and thus a smoother ride. Now the sales figures of the transmission company, called Taunus Transit from 1960, have risen to new heights, albeit mainly in Germany.

The VW ID Buzz starts off with a 77 kWh battery and 150 kW / 204 hp electric motor.

The comparison with competitors from the Borgward Group, from Tempo or DKW was positive. However, the Volkswagen Polly, which had been a global customer from the start, played in a higher league: 255,832 Transit vs. 1,535,595 Volkswagen Transporter was the result in 1965 when the first Transit of a new generation was launched.

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Henry Ford II personally pushed the caliphate as a global project. “Little Red Riding Hood” (English: “Redcap”) is the code name for the new Transit vehicle, which was built at Ford’s headquarters in the United States and then ready for serial production in Germany and Great Britain.

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