Monday, 1 June 2015


Closed van and open flat-bed ("pick-up") versions of the Minor were built from 1953 until the end of production. They were designed for commercial use with small businesses, although many made their way to larger corporations. Van versions were popular with the General Post Office, the early versions of these (to around 1956) having rubber front wings to cope with the sometimes unforgiving busy situations in which they were expected to work.

Both the van and the pickup differed from the monocoque construction of the Saloon and Traveller variants by having a separate chassis. They also differed in details such as telescopic rear dampers, stiffer rear leaf springs and lower-ratio differentials to cope with heavier loads. The commercials versions were initially marketed as the Morris Quarter Ton Van and Pick-up with a Series III designation applied from 1956. The names Morris 6cwt Van and Pickup was used following the introduction of the 1098cc engine in 1962 and 8cwt versions were added in 1968. With Austin and Morris both part of BMC, the Minor-based Morris commercials were also marketed as the Austin 6cwt and Austin 8cwt.

Here is a beautifully maintained open flat-bed Morris truck, which seems to have quite  a bit of life in it yet. Great colour! Found it parked near where I live, in inner Melbourne suburbs.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.


  1. Very interesting!
    Love the color!

  2. A beautifully maintained old set of wheels. Stunning shade of blue.

  3. Cool truck. Love it.

  4. Your link caught my eye. Nice photos.
    a '50s pickup reminds me of riding in the bed of my uncle's on the open road with my cousins but don't tell.

  5. No way... that truck is just so coooool.

  6. Hi Nick,

    Wow, even the hubcaps are Blue! Thanks for playing today.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  7. I LOVE old trucks & cars! LOVE this shade of blue! Yep, I'd be so happy to have this! Great find!

  8. That is a very classy truck! I really love and that color blue is perfect! Have a great week.

  9. Round 40 years ago, all the driving instructors used the morris minor. They told the learners that if you drive the morris minor, you can drive anything. Later, someone said it was a con job, they didn't want to replace their fleet of of fashioned car.


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