With the Ford Transit reaching its 45th year as Britain's best selling van, Ford is releasing 100 special edition Transit SportVan models in a distinctive red livery.

The Transit SportVan was first created in 2006 for customers wanting to make a bold statement. The previous models, which quickly sold out and are still keenly sought in the used market, were: Performance Blue with white stripes (500), Sea Grey with silver stripes (80), Panther Black with silver stripes (500), Frozen White with blue stripes (80) and Ink Blue with silver stripes (150).

Elwyn Pritchard, group commercial vehicle sales manager for Foray, said: "Many van buyers are image conscious, both personally and for business. The SportVan is a real head-turner as well as a reliable workhorse and that's why they sell out so fast."

The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, the 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The red SportVan will be the first medium van to come with DAB radio as standard.

The exterior features Colorado Red paintwork, Le Mans-style white bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.

Inside the cab, velour trim, air conditioning, six CD-player with remote steering-column-mounted controls, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, and a leather gearshift knob are all standard, as is a perimeter alarm.

Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit similarly come on every SportVan. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen, LED cargo lights in the rear and LED daytime running lights.

Red SportVan, with a list price of £22,630, will be arriving at Foray van centres in Andover, Poole, Salisbury, Taunton, and Yeovil very soon and our allocation will be snapped up quickly. Contact your sales team now - we want you to be driving red, not seeing red because you were too late!