Ford LCVS turn 100

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FORD’S MODEL TT, THE FORE­RUN­NER TO the Blue Oval brand’s mod­ern vans and utes, turns 100 this year.

Launched in 1917, the Model TT was Ford’s first pur­pose-built one-tonne light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle.

Own­ers could cus­tomise the chas­sis with a cargo tray to trans­port ev­ery­thing from let­ters to fuel.

Ford launched the Model TT first in Amer­ica and later built it at its Traf­ford Park fac­tory in Manch­ester, Eng­land.

The Model TT was longer and stronger than the Model T car, with a cab that could seat the driver and one pas­sen­ger. The engine was started us­ing a crank-han­dle on the front.

For a smoother ride, cus­tomers could choose air-filled rear tyres in­stead of solid rub­ber.

Ford of Europe’s com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle boss, Hans Schep, says that though “in some ways to­day’s vans are a mil­lion miles from the Model Tt…they fun­da­men­tally do the same job as they were de­signed to do 100 years ago.”

Ford launched its first light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, the Model TT one-ton­ner, 100 years ago. This is a 1918 model.

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