Could this be the start of better big things? Shire Conversions boss Darryl Healey is happy to admit this ML Black Edition started out as a bit of a one-off, designed for a specific customer.

But he’s so happy with the outcome, that now the plan is very much to go into production!

Based in West Yorkshire, Shire is celebrating eight years as a specialist van converter and retailer. Although Darryl goes back a lot further, boasting a career that includes stints at other leading van converters.

There’s certainly a lot of expertise in vehicles carrying the Shire badge, with a premium edge to them and pricing that’s actually very competitive.

This two-berth ML Black Edition uses a Fiat Ducato Maxi base in extra long format, with lots of trimmings.

That includes the 150bhp engine and ComfortMatic automatic transmission in this instance, plus niceties in the cabin including air-con, silver trim around the air vents, a padded steering wheel with controls and a stereo upgrade with sat-nav.

We should also explain that the ‘Black Edition’ moniker is a bit of a misnomer. In truth, Shire is happy to work with Fiat Ducatos of any colour, and will supply an interior finish to complement.