November 13, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Reveals the Nation's Most Memorable Vans

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2011) - A recent survey has revealed the nations top 5 favourite famous vans of all time. The survey carried out by Swinton Commercial, the UK's leading high street retailer of commercial van insurance, has ranked the nation's most memorable vans of all time based on results from 1,500 van drivers.

Results of the survey found that a staggering 74% of UK van drivers voted for the classic American 1983 GMC G series owned by The A Team. According to more than half of drivers surveyed, the bulky 'macho' machine would make the ideal work van.

The poll found that there were only two British vans ranked in the top 5 including Postman Pat's van and the Only Fools and Horses yellow Reliant Robin owned by Del Boy. More than half of drivers said they would never be seen driving Del Boy's van as it's 'too embarrassing' and 5% surveyed admitted they would love to own Postman Pat's van.

The survey saw Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine take third place while Dumb and Dumber's 'shaggin wagon' came in at fifth place.

According to the survey the 5 most memorable vans were:

  1. The A Team van (74%)

  2. Only Fools and Horses Reliant Robin (12%)

  3. Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine (7%)

  4. Postman Pat's Royal Mail van (5%)

  5. The 'shaggin wagon' from Dumb and Dumber. (2%)

Phil Moss Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "It's no surprise that The A Team van made the top spot, it would make an ideal work van and provides great storage for bulky equipment. If van drivers wish to upgrade their vehicle to be like The A Team van, always ensure you notify your van insurance provider."

About Swinton:

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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