The Ford site in Southampton opened in the fifties - and has been making Transits since the seventies.
Phil Hornby reports now on the end of an era after the announcement it is to close
Ford is to close its Transit van factory in Southampton and another UK site with the loss of up to 1,500 jobs, sources said.
The Ford Transit used to be white van man's transport of choice - now the Southampton factory that makes them looks under threat.
Union leaders have been called to a meeting with motor giant Ford amid fears that the firm's UK van factory in Southampton is to close.