BMC 1800/2200 : Commercial derivatives

With its long wheelbase and front-wheel drive layout, the 1800 would have made the ideal starting point for a range of commercial derivatives.

Sadly, only the Australians saw fit to put such a vehicle into production…


Van proposal

This mid-Sixties panel van proposal never made it past the drawing board, and that's a shame because it could also have spawned a capacious estate car using the same bodyshell. However, BMC noted that its existing A55 van – with its taller rear bodywork and vertical rear doors – offered a 20%-greater load space than this proposal would have done, so the A55/A60 was allowed to soldier on until it was finally replaced by the similarly-configured Marina-based van.

This mid-Sixties panel van proposal never made it past the drawing board, and that’s a shame because it could also have spawned a capacious estate car using the same bodyshell. However, BMC noted that its existing A55 van – with its taller rear bodywork and vertical rear doors – offered a 20%-greater load space than this proposal would have done, so the A55/A60 was allowed to soldier on until it was finally replaced by the similarly-configured Marina-based van.


Austin 1800 Utility

"Utes" (or pick-up trucks) have long been popular in Australia, and in the Fifties and Sixties, a variety of familiar British saloons were redesigned and produced locally to serve this market. Indeed, the Austin 1800 Utility (to give it its official name) was introduced in 1968 to replace the locally-produced A55 Utility. The 1800 Ute remained in production until 1971, during which time well over 2000 were built. They continue to have a following in Australia today, with some having been restored to a very high standard, while others simply continue to earn their keep."Utes" (or pick-up trucks) have long been popular in Australia, and in the Fifties and Sixties, a variety of familiar British saloons were redesigned and produced locally to serve this market. Indeed, the Austin 1800 Utility (to give it its official name) was introduced in 1968 to replace the locally-produced A55 Utility. The 1800 Ute remained in production until 1971, during which time well over 2000 were built. They continue to have a following in Australia today, with some having been restored to a very high standard, while others simply continue to earn their keep.

“Utes” (or pick-up trucks) have long been popular in Australia, and in the Fifties and Sixties, a variety of familiar British saloons were redesigned and produced locally to serve this market. Indeed, the Austin 1800 Utility (to give it its official name) was introduced in 1968 to replace the locally-produced A55 Utility. The 1800 Ute remained in production until 1971, during which time well over 2000 were built. They continue to have a following in Australia today, with some having been restored to a very high standard, while others simply continue to earn their keep.

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2 Responses

  1. Nick Kounelis - April 18, 2013

    In a book named “building cars in Australia” they show pics of an Austin 1800 Tray back(cab chassis) version of the ute which was sold with no rear side panels attached for sale to converters to make these into box rear vans or special purpose items like camping bodies. I have never seen one of these on the road in Australia but there must of been some as BLMCA gave the model named YD010 a number unique to Australia.
    They even made 2 Austin Tasman (e6 2200) engine utes that I believe 1 still exists after being used as a hack around the Zetland factory.

  2. David Matthews - July 7, 2013

    Hi

    Here is a link to Landcrabs and Maxis with a caravan UTE conversion in OZ

    http://www.flickriver.com/groups/landcrab-and-maxi/pool/interesting/

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