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Homepage. This page: A family with their converted Morris 10cwt van on a holiday or day trip to the countryside.

Morris 10cwt van conversion

In this undated photograph is a mother and child with the family vehicle, a Morris Series Y Type, dating most probably to the late 1940s.

Morris Y Van

This van, painted in a two tone colour scheme, has had extra side windows fitted to it, and may well have been converted to a simple camper, if the curtains at the windows are a guide. Pieces of camping equipment, including a kettle boiling on a Primus stove, are in view, so either this was a day trip to the countryside, or else part of a holiday.

The Series Y van is a rare vehicle now, definitely less common than the popular Morris Z light commercials (such as Garry's ex-GPO Morris Z van) that are well represented in preserved vehicle circles. I did hear of one preserved Y van, resident in Australia - Ian's Series Y Morris Utilevan - and news of a British van came through recently also. I wonder if the van in the photograph survives?

Originally this 10cwt Morris would have been fitted with the pop-up semaphore trafficators, fitted to the bodywork just behind the front doors. This van though has been converted to flashing indicators, a popular modification in the 1950s. If I find or receive any more period photographs of the Morris Y Type vans, I'll add them to this page. A lineup of classic Austin and Morris vans, including a Y Type, used for selling Pink Paraffin back in the 50s, can be seen here.

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