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2008-08-26 07:44
Keen on some stainless steel bakkie paraphernalia

Keen on some stainless steel bakkie paraphernalia for your Bantam? Ford is offering 200 Montana trimmed Bantam bakkies for sale locally.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model Bantam Montana
Engine 1.3-, 1.6-litre RoCam
Power 55kW @ 5 500r/min, 70kW @ 5 500r/min
Torque 110Nm @ 3 000r/min, 137Nm @ 2 500r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual
Service Intervals 15 000km
Warranty 4year/120 000km
Ford is celebrating a quarter-century of Bantam bakkie success locally with a limited edition Montana package.

The naming decision seems to bear little relation to the American state (Montana farmers drive F250s - at least) or Afrikaans high school in Pretoria; both Bantam engine configurations with XLT trim will be available in the Montana package.

Essentially the 200 prospective Montana owners will get a stylised, RoCam powered half-ton bakkie with the widest load-box in class.

Extras include the obligatory Montana decals (would be a bit senseless without these) and a new front bumper with wire mesh grille inserts and front fog lamps. Stainless steel side sills, roll bar and rear step bumper add the other regulation bakkie styling cues.

The stainless steel roll-bar looks like the product of a backyard pipe-bending machine job, although urbanised bakkie owners might enjoy the unique curvature.

For the rest the traditional Bantam virtues are still there. If you’re feeling particularly lazy and don’t want to do two trips you can load it up to 650kg, the tanks holds 53-litres, and both RoCam engines have both been optimised for local conditions. Still looks good too, both inside and out.


Bantam Montana 1.3i R 129 800

Bantam Montana 1.6i R 136 059


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