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When Ford roamed the World - The D- and N-Series


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In 1973, Ford-Werke AG (Cologne, Germany) revived its truck division and introduced the Ford N-Series (Ford Germany has terminated its long-running Transit range in 1961).

(Don’t’ confuse the Ford-Germany N-Series with the U.S. market short nose conventional Ford N-Series)

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The versatile Ford D-Series was produced from 1965 to 1981 (when it was superseded by the Ford Cargo).

Over its 16 year life, power ranged from 3.97 and 4.15-liter four-cylinder engines and 5.42, 5.95 and 6.22 six-cylinder engines to 7.7-liter Cummins V-8s.

Constantly upgraded by Ford UK, the medium to heavy spec Ford D-Series was a common sight throughout Europe.

The UK market D-Series and global market N-Series were assembled alongside Ford Transits at the company’s Langley plant in Berkshire, England.

Located at the former Langley Airfield, the site was purchased from Hawker Siddeley, previously known as the Hawker Aircraft Company and maker of the Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest and Sea Fury fighter aircraft.

The cab panels were stamped at Ford’s Saarlouis body plant in the German state of Saarland and then assembled alongside Transit bodies at the company’s plant in Swaythling, Southampton, England.

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  • 4 years later...

Also of note in the video is the Transit van... just recently added to the N American market but born in 1965...

In my opinion, Ford had Bedford (GM) beat with their products, D series tilt cab vs. TK fixed cab was enough to persuade me... and the D series from the older Thames Trader model, just light years ahead. 

BC Mack

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The little D series was a good little unit for its time and sold fairly well out here for a long time 
People liked them a lot and some liked them so much even as they started to loose ground in the power race Ford Australia Im pretty sure had a option were they could be repowered by the 3208 Cat motor as a dealer done upgrade 
When this was done they competed with everything around at the time 

Paul

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Showing my age, I was given a D-Series "matchbox" truck as a young child in the US. Liked the appearance but of course never saw a similar looking truck on US roads.

What Ford did with the model is amazing. They built far higher GVWs than they originally ever envisioned.

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for what they were at the time the only trucks to out do them would have been the IH ACCO tilt cabs I feel 
By the time the Jap trucks had a good foot hold the D series was just about done and dusted and got replaced with Cargo which I didnt think was abad truck either even though lots hate them

Paul

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The Cargo was Too little (& far) Too Late..

The Jappers had Ford & IH beat on every  single front, in the Light/medium Segment..

"Be who you are and say what you feel...
Because those that matter...
don't mind...
And those that mind....
don't matter." -

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