Ford LCVS turn 100
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.