Morris Minor Quarter Ton Van & Pick-up
|Also called||Morris 6cwt/8cwt Van & Pick up Austin 6cwt/8cwt Van & Pick up|
|Production||1953 to 1973|
|Assembly||England Australia New Zealand Denmark|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door van 2-door pickup|
|Engine||803 cc A-series I4 948 cc A-series I4 1,098 cc A-series I4|
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 & Austin 8cwt.
1961 Morris ¼ Ton Pick-up in Heartbeat, TV Series