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1940 Morris Series Y 10cwt Van Royal Mail

1940 Morris Series Y 10cwt Van in Spotlight on the Night Mail, Short Movie, 1948 IMDB

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: UK

1940 Morris Series Y 10cwt Van Royal Mail

Position 00:15:45 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


dsl SX

2016-07-14 21:44


[Image: 15-45rmvanaberdeenb.jpg]

Aberdeen station

Skywatcher68 US

2016-07-14 22:19


I guess it's a Morris, heavier than a 5cwt but smaller than a Morris Commercial 10cwt. Morris 10cwt?

Sunbar UK

2016-07-15 19:07


Agreed Morris is most likely and 10cwt looks right although its smaller than the 'flat-nosed' Morris Light Vans.

However 1920s to early 1930s body on 1937 onwards pressed steel 'easi-clean' wheels is a strange combination.

The wheelbase is short with the front wheels set well back. Front wing is only partly seen but could be similar to Morris Series Y 10cwt chassis which was in wartime production for military ambulance use.

Is it possible that the Post Office was supplied chassis during wartime and they assembled their own bosdies in the GPO workshops?

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johnfromstaffs EN

2016-07-15 19:29


The Post Office maintained the early thirties design of the Morris Minor type van after the introduction of the Morris Eight Series II with the Eezikleen wheels. There is no anomaly, that's the way the vans were. The inference is that they missed out the 1935 to 1938 design and went directly to the Type Z 5cwt model. Whether they stockpiled older chassis, or adapted newer ones is an interesting speculation, but 918cc is the capacity of the "Leonard Lord" Morris Eight, and also the E and Z series, the earlier 1930s Minor type ones were 845cc.

Scroll down to FGN 203 and ELO 688.




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Sunbar UK

2016-07-15 20:16


Proof I think that they did fit their own bodies to the Morris Y Series chassis.

The bonnet shut-line and bonnet louvres are just visible on a lightened picture as here...

[Image: morriscompared.jpg]

johnfromstaffs EN

2016-07-15 20:21


However did they make a case for doing these things? Must have cost a bomb.

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Sunbar UK

2016-07-15 20:38


Agreed johnfromstaffs, adding a box van body to a chassis-cab would have been easier. But the GPO did seem to want to have very specialsed vehicles and nothing too 'off-the-peg' well after the 1950s.

There is also the Post Office Radio Service van built in a similar way /vehicle_246160-Morris-Series-Y-10cwt-Van-1947.html

johnfromstaffs EN

2016-07-15 21:05


I've stood by that at an event I showed my Bentley in, should have remembered it! It was in King's Bromley in the creative county.

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