Vans : BMC Sanayi TM 30 Kapali Kamyonet

In 1964 a Turkish truck-building company (BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.) was set up at Izmir (the birthplace of Alec Issigonis, incidentally) in partnership with BMC to build Austin and Morris trucks under licence.

The Turkish Sherpa

The company later became independent of British Leyland, but has retained its BMC name; indeed, when the company began exporting to the UK in 2003, that saw the BMC name re-appear on British roads after an absence of around 30 years…

Below is a brochure (supplied by Graham Arnold), which shows off the company’s version of the trusty Leyland/Austin-Morris Sherpa van.

[Editor’s Note: Our thanks to Graham Arnold for scanning and submitting this brochure.]

Keith Adams


  1. Turkey is now a commercial vehicle powerhouse, being the site of the global Ford Transit / Connect factories. (Where they are built as passenger vehicles for the US market, where the seats are ripped out and destroyed)

  2. When I was in Turkey in 2012 I spotted quite a few newish BMC lorries, along with Ford ones that looked liked updated Cargos.

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