The design for today’s 1972 (Nineteen seventy two) Morris 1/2 ton pick up, seen at a recent Avenue Driver Club meeting, dates back to the original incarnation of the Austin Cambridge which in A40 guise first saw the light of day in 1954.
The Cambridge was updated in 1954 when it became the Austin A50 Cambridge and again in 1957 to become the Austin A55 Cambridge which stayed in production until the arrival of the Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II fitted with an all new Farina (as in Pinin) body.
The Austin Cambridge 1/2 ton pickup was first marketed in 1957 with the latest A55 panels incorporated into the cab with a 4 cylinder 51 hp B Series motor.
From 1962 the Pickup was fitted with a unique to type grill and the 61 hp B Series motor from the Farina A60 Cambridge launched in 1961, and Australian spec A55 Cambridge Mk II which was launched in 1959. 1962 also saw the first of these vehicles marketed with the Morris name.
The Austin variant of the 1/2 ton pickup was dropped after Austin and Morris part of the British Motor Corporation was further merged with Leyland to become British Leyland in 1968. While the Morris variant continued in production until 1973. Despite having no further significant upgrades since 1962 the Morris 1/2 ton was still marketed with a “New, Tough and Versatile” strap line as late as 1968 !
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Ford’s chief designer E.T. “Bob” Gregorie passed the styling features of the Prow Front full sized Fords to the half ton pickups that were new for 1940/41.
Power options for the Prow Front pick ups included 60, 90 or 95 hp flathead Ford V8 with the 60hp being replaced by a 1996 cc / 120 cui four cylinder sourced from the Ford 6N tractor midway through 1941.
This particular pickup seen at the Yanks Picnic, Shakespeare County Raceway, is registered with a 4500 cc / 274 cui motor of unknown origin.
The chassis of the Prow Front Pickups and Cars are almost identical except the commercial application has the frame stamped out of heavier gauge steel. The pickup rode on trans leaf springs both front and rear. At an additional cost the prow front 1/2 tons could be ordered with pin striped body panels.
70,190 of these 1941 Ford 1/2 ton pickups were built which would have cost of the order of US$ 650 new.
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