This might just be the most expensive Ford Transit Custom in existence and we think it was worth every penny of the £77,000 its owner has lavished on it.
That owner is Steve North, a lifelong Ford fan who spent his childhood working in a Ford specialist garage owned by his dad’s mate, and who sold a Group 4-spec Escort rally car to fund the camper.
What we have here is a long-wheelbase Transit Custom powered by the top-spec 170hp EcoBlue diesel engine, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. To that was added the full, Ford-approved MS-RT bodykit. That features rally car-alike bumpers front and rear, side skirts, lowered suspension with 18in Speedline wheels, twin exhausts and the graphics.
Next, it went off to Wellhouse, to be fitted with a full camper conversion – again, Ford-approved – in the highest spec possible including a full kitchen of pop-up roof. Incidentally, some elements of the bodykit had to be adapted to the camper van application – we believe this is the first time the two have been combined.
White leather upholstery with blue stitching and seat belts finish off the interior. And probably exclude camping in a muddy field. Now we think about it, though, the low profile tyres and near three ton weight would stop this getting into the muddy field in the first place.
Said Steve: “I wanted an MS-RT Transit campervan built to my own specifications and my expectations are pretty high.
“I’m hoping to have some good times out exploring some Ford shows and motorbike shows – once my trailer has been built to carry my classic bikes – and I’m looking forward to travelling around the country seeking out new adventures.”
Later this year, the first Transit camper available from Ford dealers will arrive in the UK. The Transit Custom Nugget has been developed in conjunction with Westfalia, as legendary a company as exists in the camper van world.
By Graham King