Buying Guide Morris Minor Commercials
There’s more to the Moggie than just saloons, tourers and Travellers – if you also like moving lots of kit around, these classic commercials are just the ticket
‘The really good ones tend to be retained by doting owners’
When it comes to usable classics, few tick as many boxes as the high-profile Morris Minor with its excellent club and specialist support. But while most buyers clamour for a Traveller or Tourer, some fans want something a bit more unusual, such as one of the various commercial derivatives.
Of the 1.37 million Morris Minors built, a quarter were commercials, but hard lives and a lack of interest in them until it was too late means there aren’t that many left. And with interest in the Minor van and pick-up now at an all-time high you’ll have to look hard to find something worth buying because, predictably, the really good ones tend to be retained by doting owners.
While the Minor saloon made its debut in 1948, it wasn’t until May 1953 that the Quarter Ton Van arrived, along with a pick-up, to replace the Morris Eight-based 5cwt vans. These first commercials featured a split windscreen and an 803cc overhead-valve engine with the bodyshell sitting on a separate chassis, with a chassis/cab also available for those who wanted bespoke bodywork. A new dash was fitted from October 1954 then two years later the Series III appeared with a 948cc A-series engine and a one-piece windscreen. The most usable Minor LCV of all went on sale in September 1962; the Series V with its 1098cc A-series engine rated at a throbbing 48bhp. A revised gearbox was fitted and there was also a 6cwt payload. In 1967 a Minor LCV was introduced with an 8cwt maximum payload with heavy-duty leaf springs at the back, stronger suspension and steering components plus wider wheels and tyres. In 1968 an Austinbadged version entered showrooms to take over from the A35 van; the new arrival featured its own grille, hubcaps and badging.
The final Minor LCV was built in December 1971, a few months after the last saloons and Travellers were made. Although the original records no longer exist it’s reckoned that 326,626 Minor pick-ups, vans and chassis cabs were produced.