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EN­GINE 1098cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 59bhp@5750rpm TORQUE 65lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 72mph 0-60MPH 24sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 31-39mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT March 2018 ODOMETER 28,086 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The A-Se­ries en­gine starts on the first flick of the key. It idles qui­etly, pulls ea­gerly up to cruis­ing speed and runs smoothly once there. The four-speed gear­box is easy to nav­i­gate and the clutch bites sharply, though the pedal is rather firm. The steer­ing feels nicely weighted, with no dis­cernible play in the steer­ing box, but it is heavy at park­ing speed. The gear­box and rear axle are quiet and the rear leaf springs don’t creak or groan, but the ride is quite bouncy when un­laden and the in­te­rior is quite boomy on the move. The brakes stop the van safely and ef­fi­ciently, but the com­bi­na­tion of small rear win­dows and just a driver’s door mir­ror means that rear­ward vis­i­bil­ity is mar­ginal.


The Mor­ris has been re­sprayed very well and the fin­ish is im­mac­u­late. The pan­els are un­dam­aged with no dents or cor­ro­sion any­where and win­dow seals ap­pear to be new. Chrome, in­clud­ing the bumpers, over­rid­ers and door han­dles are all in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion; there are a few marks on the painted steel wheels but the hub­caps are very good. Three of the tyres are new 155/80/R14 tyres, but the fourth has plenty of life left in it.


Ba­sic! There are large open stor­age bins ei­ther side of the big speedome­ter, but not much else. Spar­tan it may be, but what’s there is in good or­der, in­clud­ing a faded but un­dam­aged steer­ing wheel. The sim­ple, but as-new seats ap­pear to have been re­cov­ered and the black door-cards and car­pets are very smart, but the cab area is the only part of the ve­hi­cle with head­lin­ing. Pe­riod static seat­belts are fit­ted. The rear load space has been painted white and feels bright and open, but the orig­i­nal scuffed wooden floor panel has sen­si­bly been left un­touched.


The en­gine bay ap­pears to be fin­ished in the orig­i­nal (and mostly un­dam­aged) black paint, and aside from a gen­eral light patina of age there are just a few spots of sur­face rust vis­i­ble on the in­ner wings and bulk­head. The en­gine is in sim­i­larly good or­der, with the cylin­der head and rocker cover still wear­ing what ap­pears to be fac­tory paint. A new bat­tery has been fit­ted, along with an elec­tric SU fuel pump.


Some­one has clearly spent con­sid­er­able time and money on im­prov­ing this Mor­ris van and it is ready and wait­ing to be put to good use, whether as a sign-writ­ten work­ing pro­mo­tional tool for a small busi­ness, or a use­ful holdall for some­one look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. The A-se­ries en­gine and abun­dance of Mi­nor ser­vice parts mean that keep­ing this lit­tle van go­ing should be straight­for­ward. Matt Richard­son

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