1955 Commer Long Wheel Base Express Delivery Van

Make: Commer
Model: Long Wheel Base Express Delivery Van
Year: 1955
Registration Number: SPX 740
Chassis Number: MVFE058129
Engine Number: MVFE058129
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Mileage: 31000
Guide Price: £11000 - 12500
Road Tax Exempt

Pitched to a market slightly above Austin-Morris in the Fifties and Sixties, Commer’s series of light commercial vehicles were based on the Hillman Minx and Husky. The Express Delivery Van was roomy and able to carry a load of up to 9cwt; the 1390cc engine and four speed gearbox inherited from the Minx Saloon provided more than ample power, offering owners performance and economy. However, its unitary construction and Commer’s lack of attention to the underside meant that the dreaded tin worm accounted for the loss of many of these commercials and survivors left today are a rare sight on Britain’s roads.

This very rare Express Delivery Van formed part of a large private museum/car collection for many years in Redruth, Cornwall. With just five owners, we understand that the Commer has covered 31000 miles from new and apart from a repaint in 2000, the van remains in remarkably original condition.

In addition to the standard driver’s door mirror, the Commer is also equipped with chrome wing mirrors together with a heater, a cigarette lighter, an ashtray, a period white steering wheel, wood panelling in the rear compartment, chrome hubcaps with chrome rimbellishers, and chrome side mouldings.

The vast history file includes DVLA paperwork, various images and catalogues of the new car range at the time, the original owner’s handbook, a lubrication chart and wiring diagram, images of this type of van when new, a technical data sheet, a dashboard layout leaflet, a maintenance chart, correspondence, the original workshop manual and the V5C registration certificate. The original registration SPX 740 is to be included in the sale.

The charming commercial would be ideal as a platform for company advertising, or equally would be an unusual entrant in club rallies and events.