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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.
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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