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It's party time at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The company is celebrating 60 years of the much-loved and robust Transporter in the UK.

While the Ford Transit is the undeniable 'backbone of Britain', the Transporter has its very own success story in the UK. When the first 'split-windscreen' T1 version appeared in 1964, VW shifted some 786 of them. Fifty-nine years later, Transporter sales were a good dose healthier – 18,350 were sold in 2013. Total UK sales over the past 60 years sit at more than 300,000 while global sales stand at 11.5m units.

And to mark this achievement, VW has created a special edition called the Sportline 60.

The new model replaces the current Sportline and is available in short- and long-wheelbase forms as either a Kombi or panel van. Sportline 60s get unique 18-inch five-spoke Anthracite alloy wheels, black steel side-bars, gloss black door mirror covers and special decals. Plus there's a sporty bodykit and choice of three colours: Metallic Reflex Silver Deep Black or Candy White with a Deep Black roof is available as an option.

Inside there's a Kenwood sat-nav infotainment system which features smartphone mirroring functionality, DAB and Bluetooth connectivity. Front and rear parking sensors with camera also come as standard along with new quilted and embossed leather trim with Sportline 60 edition logos.

Retail prices start from £29,940 (ex. VAT) for the manual transmission (short wheelbase) and rise to £34,170 (ex. VAT) for the DSG transmission (long wheelbase).