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Volkswagen commercial vehicles has marked the 60th UK anniversary of the legendary Transporter series by releasing a special 60th anniversary edition.

The mainstay of Volkswagens van range since the 1950s, the transporter range has certainly become a cult classic in the world of van enthusiasts.

VW Transporter T1 1950's

The newly announced 60th edition model called the Sportline 60 is set to replace the existing Transporter Sportline model.

This new flagship vehicle is being offered in both short and long-wheelbase forms, with the option of being either a panel van or kombi.

Style is another feature that the Transporter series has always been known to carry in spades and the new Sportline 60 is no different. This Transporter is being offered in either Reflex Silver or Deep Black metallic paint schemes as standard, but there is also a White version that comes with a Black roof.

In addition the Transporter Sportline 60 comes fitted with a colour-coded front bumper with a low front spoiler and a chrome grille. The rear also has a colour-coded bumper plus a roof spoiler and unique rear badge. This all sits on 18" five-spoke Anthracite wheels, and the vehicle is adorned with special decals, black steel side bars, and gloss black door mirror covers.

Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60

Like the existing Transporter Sportline models, the new Sportline 60 comes packed with high-tech features. There's a Kenwood sat-nav 'infotainment' system with functionality for smartphone mirroring, a DAB radio, CD Player, and iPod and iPhone connectivity is also available.

Don't worry about scratching this new van either, as there are front and rear parking sensors and a rear facing camera for those tricky manoeuvres fitted as standard.

This is all powered by VW's top-of-the-range engine, a 2.0 litre BiTDI 180hp engine that pushes out a maximum of 400Nm in torque. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission, or Volkswagen's excellent seven-speed DSG automatic gear box.

We think that this new Transporter Sportline 60 is a fantastic new addition to the manufacturer's line-up and advise anyone who owns or is thinking of owning one to get the most affordable VW Transporter insurance possible.

Once again Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 60 sten und alles Gute Transporter! (Happy 60th birthday and all the best.)