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Homepage. This page: A classic signwritten Morris truck from the pre-war years.

Morris Commercial Delivery Van.

This fab photo shows a Morris Commercial lorry in the signwritten livery of Evan's Throat Pastilles - "Give tone to the voice and throat". Thanks to Les for sending it over.

1928-1933 R-Type Morris Lorry.

Morris van
Scanning through some books I have on old lorries, I'm certain that the example shown above
is an R-Type Morris, a model that was built between 1928 and 1933, after which time 17,745 examples had been built. Initially this "25cwt Super" lorry was fitted with the 15.9hp Z Type engine. One year into production and, known now as the "Middleweight Champion", it received a 4 speed gearbox and was rated at 30cwt. Braking however was still to the rear wheels only, something that sounds amazing to us now.

The wheelbase was increased to 11ft 2in between '31 and '33, and a change of engines came along, first to 17.9hp, and then to a 19.2hp version of the Z engine. Front brakes made now came as standard. These lorries had the familiar cast aluminium radiator surrounds. An 'economy' version of the 2 ton was introduced at this time, known as the R.11/40 (11ft 2 in wheelbase) or the R.13/40 (13ft).

The 'Economy' had the cast radiator replaced with a painted pressed metal job, same as in the photograph of the Evan's lorry shown above, which leads me to believe that it is an Economy R-Type in the photograph. Production of all R-Types ended in 1933.
Elsewhere on the site there are photos of other vintage Morris cars, vans and lorries. For instance, dating to the 1930s, a rare photo of a much-used Morris-Commercial Leader used for hauling grain, while on this page, are five shots of a pre-war Morris van used on a family's holiday in the 1950s.
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