1969 Austin Minor Van

A late 60s alternative to the Minivan

The AA had a fleet of around 100 Minor vans bought between 1968 and 1970

The AA had a fleet of around 100 Minor vans bought between 1968 and 1970

During the 1960s the AA's motorcycle combinations were phased out in favour of vans, mostly Minivans, although other types were also used, including a fleet of around 100 Minor vans bought between 1968 and 1970.

The British Motor Corporation (BMC), owners of Austin and Morris amongst others, decided in 1967 that the Morris Minor van should also be available as an Austin.

For reasons now lost the AA favoured the Austin version, which apart from the badges, radiator grille and engine colour was identical to the Morris.

AA Minors were fitted with the optional alternator instead of the standard dynamo to make sure they were able to cope with the extra electrical demands from the front spotlights, roof sign, flashing light and two-way radio.

The rear number plate was roof-mounted to make way for the tow-bar.

This example of an AA Austin Minor was traced through its registration YYK 643H and was rescued from the front garden of a house in South-east London in 1998 after a long search for an ex-AA Minor.

Restored in in 2004

Restored in in 2004

When first discovered, this vehicle was in poor condition, and painted dark green.

Many people were involved in the Minor's restoration which was completed in 2004.

Much of the work was done by former AA patrol Geoff Townsend, a Morris Minor enthusiast, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire.

The AA Austin Minor is now looked after by patrol Kevin Jones, in Sussex and recently completed John O'Groats to Lands' End charity run raising nearly £25,000 for children's hospitals.

During the search for parts for YYK 643H, another ex-AA Minor van was discovered, registered YYK 561H. This has also been restored and is personally owned by another AA patrol.

(22 August 2012)


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