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1933 Morris Mobile Grocery Shop

Morris Travelling Shop 1933

Fred Martin took delivery of his new mobile shop and used it on daily rounds until 1944.

Morris made commercial vehicles in small numbers from 1914, though ten years passed before introduction of the popular Morris Cowley-derived 8cwt van. 1924 also saw the launch of the T-Type one-tonner, when Morris Commercial Cars Ltd was established.

The chassis of this T2 one-tonner was supplied to Vicarys Morris franchise in Battle, East Sussex, in 1933 and fitted out by coachbuilder Bill Bridges. Local grocery shop owner Fred Martin took delivery of his new mobile shop and used it on daily rounds until 1944. The current livery bears the name of John Breach, owner from 1969 until 1997, who collected most of the items displayed inside.

Quick Facts

  • Maximum speed 45mph/72.42kph
  • Price new (chassis only) £172
  • Date made 1933
  • Maker Morris Commercial Cars Ltd
  • Fitted out at Battle, East Sussex
  • Made of metal, wood, leather, rubber, glass and paper
  • Dimensions Wheelbase 3.1m

Facts

  • The 1933 Morris Mobile Grocery Shop was made with an engine capacity of 1,802cc, four in-line cylinders and side valves, and an output of 32hp @ 2,500rpm.
  • This mobile shop was chosen by Helen New (Front of House Supervisor) as her favourite vehicle on exhibition in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Helen has been a member of staff at Beaulieu since 2003. Watch the video in the "Gallery" section to see why Helen chose this as her favourite museum object.

 

Gallery

Morris Travelling Shop interior 1934
front view Morris Travelling Shop 1933
1933 Morris Mobile Grocery Shop

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