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Auraluen Blue | Van | 4 Speed Manual | 850cc | 55,540 miles showing | $31,528
Released on the 27th of April 1964 with a price tag of just £725 the character oozing Morris 850 Mini-Van was tough enough for the countryman and woman and ideal as an inner-city runabout for small businesses, delivery drivers and even the Police and today there is nothing else quite like it on the road.
It was the first car built by B.M.C. Australia for distribution through both Morris and Austin Dealers and produced a whopping 34 horsepower via its 850cc 4 cylinder East to West mounted engine with a silky smooth 'magic wand' gear selector.
The Australian built cars also featured a number of upgrades over their English brothers to suit Aussie conditions including stronger interior door handles, the trim used a stronger grade of vinyl, an anodised front grille rather than painted and Aussie Mini-Vans had chrome trim around the wheel arches.
When it comes to finding that elusive, beautifully restored 850 Mini-Van gem, sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time and/or very very patient.
Uniquely offered here is a hard to find Australian made 1964 850 Morris Mini-Van, painstakingly restored over the last few years and perfectly prepped for its next custodian.
Finished in two-tone Auraluen Blue/White paintwork over Charcoal trim this very tidy Mini-Van benefits from all new interior trim, new steering rack, brake system, bearings, rubber seals, new/correct Lucas lights both front and rear and a new wiring loom all sourced from BMC Spares and all period correct, just as the car would have left the factory.
Any parts that couldn't be sourced were restored by hand including the original chrome bumpers, grille, steering wheel, Tuftest safety glass and even the charming little 10 inch steel wheels.
The overall result is outstanding, inside the fit and finish is of a concours standard, the switch gear and Smiths dash instrumentation are all correct and in perfect order, even the carpets don't have a single fibre out of place.
Outside, the panel and chrome trim fitment is skin tight, the paintwork carries a deep glassy finish, and the road presence is simply neat and tidy with a character you will always find has you doing a double-take.
The drive is also sensational. Known for being hugely adaptable, reliable and of course distinctive, this brilliant little car has punchy acceleration, gear changes with the 'magic wand' gear selector are silky smooth, steering is direct and it sticks to the road like a go-kart.
Up there with the best 850 Mini-Vans in Australia, this beautifully restored and Australian made gem wouldn't look out of place on the concours lawn.
The perfect promo vehicle or delivery van to add some retro charm to your business and/or a great addition to any garage or collection this rare and handsome little 850 Mini-Van is something truly special and a whole lot of fun.