Ford Mk1 Transit Jennings Roadranger – KGF
Ford Mk1 Transit Jennings Roadranger

Ford Mk1 Transit Jennings Roadranger

  • Sold
  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 40,169

Ford Mk1 Transit Jennings Roadranger

  • Price: £
  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 40,169

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The best Jennings Ford Transit Roadranger in existence with just 40,169 miles from new.

Coachbuilt aluminium skin over hardwood frame, fixed standing headroom, one-piece GRP moulded roof, twin rear wheels, train carriage style rear door, louvered side window openers, rear fold-down step, chrome front bumper and wing mirrors, on-board water tank, luxurious light oak cabinets, full wardrobe, chest of drawers, shower/toilet compartment, cooker with grill and oven, dinette for four, stainless steel sink with drainer, Whale water tap, rear seating with deep foam cushions and backrests, eye-level mirror, full safety glass windows with louvered vent sections, roof light with fly screen, curtains and blinds, Mini-Elsan toilet, large over-cab shelf area/child bed, period Phillips radio, FCC Precision Quartz clock, cab heater, demisters, windscreen washer.  Factory options; Electrolux 212B refrigerator.  Additional equipment; CB radio, camp bed, wind break, exterior full screen blackout cover.

JH Jennings and Son Ltd of Sandbach Cheshire had been in the business of coachbuilding for over 200 years when this Ford Transit Roadranger was produced.  Using traditional methods of an aluminium skin over hardwood frame and a one-piece GRP roof moulding, the Roadranger models built upon various doner chassis cabs were of the finest quality in the business.  This masterpiece of British craftsmanship was coach painted by hand, a real diminishing art.

This beautifully crafted and well known Jennings Roadranger is built upon the Mk1 Ford Transit chassis cab, an iconic vehicle in its own right.  Finished in the factory original coach painted cream with white flash stripe, the original paint finish incredibly remains bright and in excellent order.  Minor touched in areas to the paintwork are visible upon close inspection but do not detract from the absolute wow factor this vehicle creates.  Structurally perfect underneath and in both the cab and camper sections, this remarkably rare survivor has been used, enjoyed and thoroughly cherished.  The chrome front bumper, door mirrors and other trim sections are in pristine order.  All original badges and decals are present and show natural light tarnishing, and the original factory build plates remain in place.  Completely unmodified and remarkably original, this astonishing vehicle is exactly as the Jennings craftsmen intended and a credit to its makers and two owners.

Absolutely original and beautifully preserved.  The term ‘timewarp’ is often used and perhaps loosely interpreted but completely justified in this case.  All fixtures and fittings as well as the original trimmed upholstery are completely factory original.  The Tangerine trimmed seating (build code E909) was put into storage when the vehicle was brand new for preservation purposes and a second similar set purchased for use.  Both sets remain with the vehicle.  The fitted light oak cabinets are all intact and in fantastic order having been regularly treated with Lord Sheratons wood balsam and even the original clean red carpet remains fitted.  All domestic cooking and washing facilities are operational but have not been safety tested by KGF Classic Cars.  The dinette area coverts effortlessly into a double bed area with a neat stowage slot for the table and additional child bunk above the cab.  The cab area itself is in wonderful condition with the original black vinyl seats and all functions factory standard.  A small unstitched section to the driver’s seat and light wear to the leather trimmed steering wheel are merely evidence of holiday usage and take nothing away from this vehicles huge appeal.  A functional period CB radio is the only non standard fitment.  Winner of countless awards and the subject of classic campervan book publications, it is easy to see why.

The four cylinder V4 crossflow unit warrants little introduction having been the trusted power plant of countless Ford vehicles for many years.  This simple and reliable 1996cc unit has been maintained to an excellent standard and having covered just 40,169 miles from new delivers effortless and quiet performance.  The automatic transmission, a £94 option in 1972 operates perfectly.  A perfect set up for relaxed holiday cruising.

The original steel fitted items consisting of twin rear wheels are shod in heavy duty tyres with excellent tread remaining.  All four wheels display the original Jennings fitted period chrome hubcaps which are in excellent order aside from a small area of damage to the front nearside item.  The power assisted brakes offer prompt and safe straight line stopping power.

A brilliant history file befits this wonderful vehicle immensely.  The original chassis cab was supplied by Ford Main Dealer Albert E. Chatfield of Stoke-on-Trent and supplied to renowned Coachbuilders JH Jennings and Son Ltd.  There is even a Dagenham Engine Assembly Plant tag tucked in the service booklet!  Upon completion of the beautiful Roadranger conversion this example was registered new on 9th June 1972 to first owner Mr Leonard Hemmings.  Sadly after just one trip and 317 miles covered, Mr Hemmings fell into poor health and passed away.  Remaining with his widow and garaged stored, the vehicle was put up for sale in 1980 still with just 317 miles on the clock.  The second owners Craig and Marion Harrison purchased the vehicle on 29th June 1980 and have owned it ever since.  Usage for many happy holidays and show events, this incredible example has now covered just 40,169 miles from new with every single MOT certificate to fully verify the mileage.

All original handbooks, service books and operating guides are present along with a Jennings Roadranger sales brochure.  Two illustrated books featuring this very vehicle claim it to be surely the best in existence and many awards and recognition help to uphold this claim.  Further print outs talk about the vehicle build details and regale tales of holidays enjoyed by Craig and Marion.  Quite simply a wonderful story, a wonderful vehicle and something to put a smile on anyone’s face.  A essential piece for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Tax exempt, HPI Clear, Approved Used Car Check Certificate.

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