A down-at-heel Ford Transit that classic vehicle enthusiasts have taken to their hearts will have a special display at this year’s FordFest!
‘Purdy’ is an icon of British street scenes in more ways than one. Not only is she an extremely rare Ford Transit Mk 2, but she is also one of the only examples left in British Telecom yellow – a colour that children of the Eighties will once have seen on every street corner.
Purdy is owned by Penny Panagi from St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. The van is infamous in Hastings and the surrounding areas and also with the online car community, as it is regarded as an absolute survivor that simply cannot be scrapped, no matter how distressed her condition is. Her survival is a credit to Penny who, due to unforeseen circumstances, needs some assistance in helping Purdy get back on the road as the van is simply too far gone to be economically viable to repair.
Having been spotted around Sussex by various enthusiasts, Purdy has her own Purdy Facebook Page and a crowdfunding site has been set up to help with her restoration. There will also be an opportunity to support Penny and Purdy on the day with a collection by the Transit.