Spy Van to make overt appearance at Manheim Shepshed in Aid of Alzheimer's Society
Manheim will auction off a very special van on the 22nd May - an exquisitely-restored 1988 Ford Transit covert surveillance unit complete with concealed cameras - all in the name of charity.
Originally registered to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, James Davis, Manheim's Director of Commercial Vehicles, became its second owner in 2014. He bought and restored the van to celebrate the Ford Transit's 50th birthday.
The restoration was carried out by C Walton Ltd in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Period camera kit, recording equipment and other gadgetry was then sourced and fitted to give the van a truly authentic interior.
The 48,000 miles is believed to be genuine, as the Transit van only covered 6,000 miles between 2003 and 2013. Paperwork in the history file shows that it operated in the South East, North West, North East and Scotland.
The full restoration of the 1988 Ford Transit can be revisited on its Facebook page at facebook.com/Therestorationvanman/, which will also include updates on how the van does at auction.
On 22nd May 2017, the 'Spy Van' will be auctioned off without reserve at Manheim's Shepshed commercial vehicle action centre, with all proceeds going directly to the Alzheimer's Society. It is expected to make close to £8,000.
The auction sale will wrap up a week-long fundraiser held across Manheim's UK network of eight CV auction centres.
To help James Davis hit his fundraising target, visit the 'Spy Van' Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Davis22
Pictured above: James Davis (front) and Andrew Kennedy (Maun Motors) inside the Spy Van
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Manheim is part of Cox Automotive, the world's largest provider of automotive services to fleets, motor dealers, vehicle manufacturers and traders across cars, motorcycles, plant and commercial vehicles.
Manheim UK comprises Auction Services and Vehicle Solutions, which together employ over 1,600 people, operating a network of physical and online auctions - including 17 physical auction centres and growing online sales channels - vehicle preparation centres and transport solutions.
Manheim's sister companies in the UK include Dealer Auction, Movex, NextGear Capital, Motors.co.uk, Modix, CloseIt and Xtime.