Lifelong Ford fan Steve North has taken delivery of a specially-commissioned Transit motorhome, crafted by the van manufacturer’s sporting and luxury converters.
What started life as a standard long-wheelbase Ford Transit Custom has been extensively converted and customised in a collaboration between two Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs) to become a unique fully-fitted campervan.
The racy MS-RT exterior styling and luxury inside from Wellhouse is the latest in a long line of Fords for Steve, who has had a lifelong love for the Blue Oval.
Aged 11, Steve would rush from school to his local tuning station in Stillington, North Yorks, where he would clean carburettors and tune Ford engines under the watchful eye of the owner, his best mate’s dad.
As soon as he had his driver’s licence, Steve bought a Ford Escort Mk 1 and since then he has driven many Fords, including Cortinas and Sierras.
He also built an Escort Mk 2 rally car, which was a Group 4 BDG 2.0-litre from what was originally an ‘S’ registered shell. After entering it in a couple of rallies and sprints, he decided to sell it and set his sights on a campervan.
Steve wanted a van that combined the style and performance of an MS-RT Transit Custom with the comfort and luxury of a Wellhouse campervan.
In conjunction with Ford QVM-accredited converter Wellhouse, Steve selected the exact specification he wanted. This included a full kitchen, luxurious seating area and an extendable roof for an attic bedroom. The bespoke campervan was also fitted with xenon headlights, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, Starlit Alcantara roof and Alcantara dashboard.
Steve then approached MS-RT to provide some serious visual style. MS-RT’s new Transit Custom package was adapted for the campervan specification, with a full body kit and anthracite 18-inch wheels backed up by a twin exhaust system and some bold graphics.
Inside, the seating package was given a stylish MS-RT white leather finish with blue stitching and seat belts.
Powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBlue 170PS diesel engine, and driven through a six-speed automatic gearbox, the final price for this unique vehicle ran to £77,000.
“I wanted an MS-RT Transit campervan built to my own specifications and my expectations are pretty high,” said Steve.
“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.”