Ford Marks Centenary of Model TT Commercial
YOU’VE HEARD OF THE FORD MODEL T, but how about the Model TT which celebrates it’s centenary this year? Though less well-known, it also had a big impact – as the forerunner to the modern day van and pickup, including today’s Transit.
First launched in 1917, the Model TT was Ford’s first purposebuilt one-tonne van. Owners could customise the chassis with a cargo bed to transport everything from letters to fuel – just as they can today in the 2017 Ford Transit Custom. The Model TT was first launched in the U.S, and later built at Ford’s Trafford Park factory in Manchester.
The Model TT van was longer and stronger than the Model T car, with a cab that could seat one driver and one passenger. The engine was started using a cranking handle on the front. For a smoother ride, customers could choose modern air-filled rear tyres instead of solid rubber.
“It is amazing that while in some ways today’s vans are a million miles from the Model TT in how they have come on, they fundamentally do the same job as they were designed to do 100 years ago – providing a flexible means of keeping businesses on the move,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
from p. 4 of issue September 2017
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