Now this is one wild looking ride, a 1970 Ford Transit Mark I van found parked in the streets of Paris.
While taking photos of this vehicle, I was approached by an individual whom was the friend of the owner. Over a telephone call, I got a few details about the van. Indeed, it is a 1970 model, and originally came from Switzerland. It was also apparently used in a recent movie “Cloclo”.
Lets take a look now. What a crazy looking front end, a very animated look!
Love how those headlights are part of the hood.
Apparently, these vans were quite a popular choice to use for robberies in the 1970s. Police reported the Ford Transit being used 95% of the time when a vehicle was involved in a robbery.
That’s one hell of a side view mirror.
I can see why this may have been popular for robberies. Huge roof rack, and a windowless rear door.
It was a cold grey day in Paris when I found this van, and I have to say it was very striking. A fantastic red paint job contrasting these white buildings and the silver skies. Sapeurs-pompiers means fire service which explains the red. I’m not sure if it was dressed up as Sapeurs-pompiers for the movie, or if it actually was a fire service vehicle. Will have to check out the flick.
This van looks like one tough beast. I can see the rear bumper is torn up a bit, but other than that it is in great shape for a 43 year old van.
So, there you have it a 1970 Ford Transit Mark I found in Paris!