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Top 10: Car-derived commercials

Creating a van or pick-up from a passenger-carrying car isn’t exactly a new concept. In fact, it’s probably as old as the motor car itself. For obvious reasons, however, such vehicles tend to be relatively rare in terms of their survival rate; after all, a commercial vehicle bought to work hard for a living is unlikely to last as long as a privately owned car that’s cared for, serviced and probably even washed and polished from time to time.

No wonder the most popular car-derived classic commercials have seen hefty increases in values over the last few years. Here we pay tribute to ten of the best. Which one would you choose?

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Ford 307E / 309E

From the launch of the revolutionary-looking Anglia 105E in 1959, it took Ford another two years to announce a van derivative to replace the old 300E sidevalve models. The new 307E and 309E used the front of the 105E saloon (albeit with shorter doors) connected to a roomy van rear end with twin-opening back doors.

It was an attractive and successful transformation, light years ahead of its predecessor in terms of driving style. Your choice of 307E or a 309E depended on whether you needed a 5cwt or 7cwt carrying capacity, with a choice of 997 or 1198cc power.


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