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Half Ton Van & Pickup

During 1955 and 1956 production of the earlier type (Austin A40 Devon) Commercial models was continued. They were replaced for 1957 by new models which have a similar front end to the contemporary A40/A50/A55 (Pre-Farina) Saloons. These models remained in production when the A55 Mk2 (Farina) Saloon was introduced, and were modified for 1963. These vehicles remained in production throughout the 'Farina' period and beyond, finally ceasing production in 1973.

Half-Ton Commercials:

Code: HV6

Model: Half-Ton Van

Period: February 1957 onwards

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Code: HK6

Model: Half-Ton Pick-up

Period: May 1957 onwards

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Code: HQ6

Model: Chassis and Cab

Period: May 1957 onwards

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Code: HR6

Model: Chassis and Scuttle

Period: May 1957 onwards

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When the new models were introduced in October 1962 the codes above remained unaltered. From October 1962 these were also available as Morris models.

Chronology:

November 1956: Half-Ton Van is introduced at The Motor Show.

May 1957: Half-Ton Pick-up is introduced as open-back truck version of the Van.

October 1962: New Half-Ton Commercials introduced with the following major changes: Redesigned front end; Chrome mouldings on body sides; Stronger front bumper; 14" Wheels with 6.40 x 14 tyres; seat belt anchor points incorporated in cab; Glove box lid; Non-reflecting fascia panel finish. Vehicles now available as Morris Half-Ton Van and Pick-up.

September 1963: Half-Ton Commercials fitted with 1622cc engine like the Austin A60 saloons.

 

Source: "Motor Manuals 95 - Austin A40, A50, A55" - P. Olyslager (Nelson Publications, 1963)