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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:29 am 
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Amazing...... I simply cannot believe what I'm reading...... Who'd have thought that there was sooooooo many variables and soooooooo much information on the humble workaday mini pick-up. I bet that like me, 99% of mini owners and forumers just saw a 'pick-up'.

This MUST be a project for someone out there to write a small semi-hard back book about them. Or better still, someone who is restoring one to photograph it, detail it and include this stuff. The WHOLE story...... amazing!


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nick@dunsdale wrote:
learnt something new

i never knew the earliest austin pickups were badged as austin seven, i knew the saloon's were.

Certainly never seen a pickup badged Austin Seven are there any left ?



We know of 9 1961 Pickups in existence world wide. Production started last week of January 61 for the Austin's and 2nd week of February 61 for Morris. They were built in batches of 6 at first then 12's building up to batches of 48. The launch was June 61. We know of 2 pre-launch Pickup's, an Austin in Switzerland from late April and a Morris from early March, next is the June London to Moscow Pickup 10MWL which is now in Japan. There were lots and lots of differences in that first year as well, we're learning all the time.

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bill773mini wrote:
nick@dunsdale wrote:
learnt something new

i never knew the earliest austin pickups were badged as austin seven, i knew the saloon's were.

Certainly never seen a pickup badged Austin Seven are there any left ?



We know of 9 1961 Pickups in existence world wide. Production started last week of January 61 for the Austin's and 2nd week of February 61 for Morris. They were built in batches of 6 at first then 12's building up to batches of 48. The launch was June 61. We know of 2 pre-launch Pickup's, an Austin in Switzerland from late April and a Morris from early March, next is the June London to Moscow Pickup 10MWL which is now in Japan. There were lots and lots of differences in that first year as well, we're learning all the time.




Thanks for the Info Bill

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as i often do, after reading post's that interest me on this site, i look a little further afield

Found this guys blog on 10 MWL, prob been posted before :roll:

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That website is by a chap who's family owned it in the 70's and 80's I think from memory. It was for sale in about 2010/11 at auction (H&H I think), sold for around £11k I think.


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This thread has got me thinking........ retired, plenty of time....... There's a blue X reg one sat in a farm near here..........


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:11 pm 
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So Gav are you thinking of a fast pick up project?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:19 pm 
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The article below is also from the now closed 'Mini Pick-up International' website and may be of interest:-

The Story of 10 MWL
On Saturday 23rd September 1961 the Mayor of Oxford, Ald. Lionel Harrison and Mr. E. A. Ferguson, a solicitor and former City Councilor, left Oxford heading to Moscow in a Morris Mini pick-up. Fitted with a special 50 gallon fuel tank their goal was to cover the 1900 mile journey without refueling.

The journey was conceived after a chance remark by the Mayor, one of the first people in Oxford to own a Mini, earlier that summer that he would like to drive one of the little cars to Moscow, saying: "I am very grateful to Morris Motors, which is Oxford's oldest 'big industry'. As first citizen I consider it my duty to do all I can to help Oxford's first industry. I have always had their cars and I think it is only right that all traders should do the same". The trip was planned in the main by Ferguson and was made possible by the co-operation of Morris Motors and, in particular, of Mr. J. E. Whitehead, the chief experimental engineer.

10 MWL (chassis number M/AUH/134510, engine number 12H/G35X/148) was first registered on 1st September 1961 and was standard except for the huge 50 gallon petrol tank which filled nearly half of the pick-up’s rear load bay area. Painted in Smoke Grey the only extras were a transistor wireless set, a Continental touring tool kit and second spare wheel. As well as provisions needed for the journey and a pile of books to read (one of which was titled 'Trouble With Your Car?') the pair also took 100 miniature models of the Mini saloon to give to Russian children.

The fuel tank was filled (photo below) and then sealed by Col. M. E. O'Gorman, the chief engineer of the R.A.C., and at around 12:05pm the pair set out from Carfax and drove to Southend where they were joined by their wives for the night before flying the car to Ostend, Belgium in the morning and driving onwards to Bonn, the West German capital. The following day they drove to Brunswick, Germany and the day after arrived in Poznan, Poland at around 7:30pm. On September 27th they reached Brest Litovsk, just inside the Russian border, before setting out for their longest and dreariest drive - the 480 miles to Smolensk. After a final day of driving covering 260 miles they reached Red Square in Moscow at around 4:00pm on 29th September.
After arriving in Moscow the pair drove to the British Embassy where the seal on the 50 gallon tank was removed by Commercial Counselor, Mr. Hilary King. By the end of the journey there were 1900 miles on the clock and 6 gallons of petrol left in the tank. They had averaged 43 M.P.G. over the course of the journey. Both men described the trip as "perfect" and stated that the only problems they encountered en route were accidentally killing a pigeon and the time Polish police had escorted them to the police station after excited crowds had mobbed them.

The mayor returned by air on Tuesday 3rd October after spending time visiting the Moscow State Circus and the Bolshoi Ballet while Mr. Ferguson drove the car back with Mr. Paddy Howells, a B.M.C. staff member.

After arriving back in England the pick-up lost its oversize petrol tank before being sold to the acclaimed automotive journalist and motor sport competitor, Gordon Wilkins, on 30th October 1962.

During the 70’s 10 MWL was owned by Joyce Wilkins as her first car. Joyce was a writer and the cover notes of one of her books, "Most Women Do It", shows a picture of her proudly stood in the rear of the pick-up (photo below). Sadly the car sat decaying in Joyce’s garage for over 10 years until, in 1986, she and her husband retired to Italy and the pick-up was sold
At some point during it’s subsequent ownership the car received something of a restoration including a respray in a sandy orange colour and being upgraded to disc brakes at the front to replace the standard drums, body coloured Cooper steel wheels and a Downton-tuned 1275cc A-series engine sourced from none other than Alex Moulton.

The pick-up re-appeared for sale at a car auction in Buxton in April 2007 with a guide price of £5000 to £7000. Auctioned with 22,000 miles on the clock and with a full years MOT it eventually sold for £5,280. Various newspaper clippings of the Mayors adventure were included in the auction along with the original 848cc engine, which was to be collected from Wiltshire.

In early 2010 it was again offered for sale, this time at Sherwood Restorations, a classic and sports car specialist in Nottingham. A year later it was exported to Japan where it is currently for sale in a classic car showroom in Tokyo.

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My PUP....before and after :D


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Today, a genuine early Pick-Up is ten times more rare than a Mk1 Cooper S. The problem now is this fact is known, I'm a big Pick-Up fan and would like an early child :D :D

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