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Transport an elephant. Faced with moving two baby elephants at London Zoo in 1965, handlers turned to their Transit to get the job done

18 Weird Things Done with a Ford Transit

Although the Ford Transit full-size van is brand new to North America, it has dominated the European market for nearly 50 years. More than seven million Transit commercial vans have been produced and sold around the world since the vehicle was introduced in 1965. And, in that time, people have come up with some fairly unusual uses for the versatile vehicle. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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The Nissan NV cargo van is offered in standard and (shown here) high-roof models.

Nissan's NV Cargo Van

Nissan entered the full-size van market with the NV cargo van for the 2012 model year, and has made incremental upgrades since that intial vehicle. The 2014 model-year NV added several cargo enhancements. The former Tow Package also became standard with paired with the optional V-8 engine. Read our driving impressions blog post of the 2014 NV3500 SL passenger van here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The new Chevrolet Express crew cargo van is available with fixed, full-body window package glass.

Chevrolet Express Cargo Van

The 2014-MY Chevrolet Express includes three main body styles, including passenger, crew and cargo, and cutaway. The Express also gives you three models to choose from: 1500, 2500, and 3500, as well as an additional 4500 option on the cutaway body. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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The GMC Savana cargo van includes an optional crew option so you can seat up to five. Behind the added three-passenger rear bench is a bulkhead to separate cargo from passengers.

GMC Savana Cargo Van

The 2014-MY GMC Savana includes cargo, passenger, and cutaway body styles, and at least two wheelbase lengths to choose from, starting at 135-in. The three model choices from the light-duty 1500 to the heavier 2500 and 3500 — with an additional 4500 for a cutaway dual-rear wheel option — give fleets multiple payloads and cargo capacities to choose from. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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The C/V (short for Cargo Van) is powered by a V-6 engine.

2014 Ram C/V Tradesman Van

The Ram C/V, which was quietly renamed as the C/V Tradesman for the 2014-MY, is a cargo version of the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan. It fills the gap between the full-size and compact vans and provides both affordability and utility. Photos courtesy of Chrysler/Ram.

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This is the extended wheelbase version of the E-350 passenger van that can seat up to 15 people.

Ford's E-Series Vans

The Ford E-Series vans, while being slowly phased out by the all-new Ford Transit, bring several layers of chassis options, body styles, and engine choices. For the E-150, E-250, and E-350, each are available in a passenger or cargo option. Ford will continue producing the cutaway and stripped chassis version after the 2014 model year. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Mitsubishi Fuso's 2015 Canter FE130

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America's 2015 Canter FE130 cabover work truck increases payload capacity over the earlier FE125 model. The truck, which was introduced at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show, boosts gross-vehicle weight by 700 pounds to 13,200 pounds. The new Canter also extends the truck's wheelbase to 169.3 inches, which will allow the installation of 20-foot bodies. View a gallery of photos submitted by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

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This view shows the Ford Transit with the low roof and long wheelbase.

Adrian Steel's Ford Transit Van

Upfitter Adrian Steel showed two 2015 Ford Transit full-size vans that had been equipped with an array of new products at the NAFA Institute and Expo. View this gallery of the upfitted vans. Read the full story here. Photos by Thi Dao and courtesy of Adrian Steel.

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Mercedes-Benz brought four Sprinter 2500 passenger vans to Bobit Business Media on March 25 to go over the new engine, grille and other features on the 2014-MY. (Stay tuned for a cargo and crew van gallery coming soon.)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Walkarounds

Mercedes-Benz brought four Sprinter 2500 passenger vans to Bobit Business Media on March 25 to go over the new 4-cylinder diesel engine, front grille, updated interior, and other features on the 2014-MY vehicle. Read our driving impressions blog post of the Sprinter 2500 here. Photos by Vince Taroc and Tim Crowley.

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The 47 Southern California DISH propane autogas vans will serve customers in Los Angeles and northern Orange counties.

DISH Propane Autogas Service Van

Satellite broadcaster DISH rolled out 47 service vans in Southern California converted by ROUSH CleanTech to run on propane autogas. The Ford E-250 vans will bring fuel savings and on-site fueling convenience from fuel supplier Ferrellgas. View photos showing the fueling process and the cargo setup by upfitter Leggett & Platt. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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