Morris JB / J / Austin 101 GPO Van
Sale price: £7,300.00 make an offer
Pending offersDate: 2014-01-31
michael huggett (from canterbury , kent) offered ??1000 usd
rob colicci (from London) offered 8,500 gbp
adam (from london) offered 0000 gbp
Paul Langridge offered ??8000 usd
Alan Azzopardi (from Malta) offered 7500 eur
Frank (from Holland) offered 10000 eur
Tudor (from Caernarfon) offered ??7,300.00 gbp
Benedikt Zenhaeusern (from Thun / Switzerland) offered 7400 gbp
Car location: North London, United KingdomSale type: Fixed price listing
Technical specifications, photos and description:
After being sold out of service in 1967. TGC was bought by an eccentric engineering lecturer by the name of Lester Stock who lived in Croydon. He used the van all the way up until his death in 2005. but along the way he had undertaken some modifications to make his annual trips to Ireland a bit more speedy and safer. The executor of Lester's will ended up selling TGC to a gentleman from Suffolk who didn't do much to the van other than keep an eye on it for a couple of years. and a chance conversation in 2008 led me to buy it. Before I tell you what I've done to TGC. let me outline what Lester did first. then you'll see just how unique this van is.
I mentioned before that Lester used to regularly drive to Ireland. as well as this being his daily driver. Now for those of you reading this who know these vans. you will realise that speed is not their forte. so you often get clear roads in front of you. but traffic jams behind! Not so for Lester. He wanted a bit more speed and better braking. so he changed the rear axle for Land Rover series 2a. the front axle from an Austin JU250 which is a drop beam affair with larger 10" hubs. and a gearbox from an Austin Cambridge. Unless you look you cannot see any of these. but it does make a tangible difference to it's performance. TGC has a B series 1489cc unit fitted with great oil pressure. There are some nods to it's GPO past too. such as rubber wings. opening front windscreen and some fittings. The rear interior was removed by Lester. and is no longer there.
This van has never been restored. TGC has been fettled. maintained and renovated over the course of it's life. so what's there bodywise is pretty original. Lester obviously has dealt with things in his own inimitable way. and the only thing I can see is along each sill there is a bolted on repair along the bottom. but make no mistake. this van has no rust. and underneath is clean. primed and extremely sound. During my ownership. I have replaced the lights and lighting circuit. king pins. wheel bearings. brake cylinders. water pump. voltage regulator. dynamo and starter overhauled. regularly serviced it with oil changes. the usual plugs and points and have rebuilt the carb (which is an SU). When I got the van. Lester had obviously begun to repaint TGC. so I've completed that job into what would've been it's original colour. mid-bronze green. with a country cream interior. It was brush painted with Tekaloid. Make no mistake. this is not a show winning van. and if you're looking for concours this van ain't it. but what it does represent is an honest old fashioned clean van that is useable and turns heads wherever it goes. And in my opinion. unlike cars. vans were only pristine the day they left the factory. and after that they were merely functional vehicles that were maintained but never loved. hence why so few survive. There are very few of these around. I'm gutted to be selling it. and in truth although I'm selling this due to a change in circumstances. if it doesn't go I'll work around it. There is no reserve. but I reserve the right to end this auction early because TGC is for sale elsewhere.
There are some spares with the old boy. Original gearbox. rear axle and some windscreen glass. among other things. which will go with the van. not for sale separately. Taxed. and MoT exempt. If you need any more details please message through eBay. The van is in London. viewing is encouraged and a test drive a must. if you drive it. you'll buy it.
Cash or bankers draft preferred. You can drive it away. sold as seen. If you want to come and kick the tyres please do. I'll just bore you to death with J type talk as a penance.
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Comments and questions to the seller:from Jeremy Lawed, dated 17 august 2017
Not sure if this is an old add, but is it still available, text me please 07753 863022 ready to buy now. Thanks,
Jeremy / Suffolk.
from Lynn, dated 02 june 2016
I am interested in this vehicle can you please advise if it is still for sale?
from robert fuller, dated 12 february 2016
I see this van is still posted and a few people have inquired, is it still for sale? I am a very interested buyer looking to purchase very soon,
please let me know,
from brian, dated 01 december 2015
i am looking for a morris j van restoration project can you help thanks
from victor chen, dated 03 july 2015
hi, is your van still for sale, i am very interested to buy. my mobile is 07720380866. Thank you
from Hershil, dated 30 march 2015
Hi, Is this van still for sale we have a fledgling business and I think it would be the perfect little run around for it.
from James, dated 23 january 2015
Hello there. We found your van by chance and I wonder if you still have it for sale
from Liz McLean , dated 10 october 2014
Hi, is your van still for sale ? Thanks, Liz
from emma basden, dated 16 september 2014
Hi there, I am interested in possibly purchasing your Morris J Type detailed above. Is it still available, and if so - what is your asking price?
from john friend, dated 22 july 2014
hi can we come and see the van
from colin vear, dated 10 june 2014
Hi is the van still available? please call 07931410762
from David warbrick , dated 25 may 2014
I'm looking for a van like the one on here. If it's still forsale let me know please 07860400826
from Ed Morris, dated 19 may 2014
Hi, is the van still available?
from Rob Colicci, dated 13 february 2014
Im very interested in purchasing the Morris J Type detailed. If you could call me back on 07939257475 that would be greatly appreciated.
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