<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972

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1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle
Chassis no. 144972

US$ 75,000 - 100,000
£ 55,000 - 73,000
1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle
Chassis no. 144972
Body no. 31291

6.1 Liter, Inline Perkins Diesel Engine
Fuel Injection
5-Speed Manual Transmission, with 2-Speed Rear Axle
Front and Rear, Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Air Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Believed to be one of only 20 such vehicles built, 2 of which came to USA
*Charismatic British tender/support vehicle
*Ideal paddock support for historic racing


THE BMC SUPPORT VEHICLES

As countless manufacturers have before and since, in the late 1950s the amalgamated British Motor Corporation went racing to sell cars. They established a Competitions Department led by Marcus Chambers, based at Abingdon and created a series of cars which put Great Britain at the forefront of high profile road rallying and racing. This program gave birth to the legendary Works 'Healeys, Mini Coopers and MGs, providing numerous wins for the group and creating cars that have been prized and copied by countless enthusiasts ever since.

Alongside this program, BMC built a series of approximately 20 support vehicles.
Commissioned by the company's management to serve as mobile Service Schools, they travelled around the dealership network training mechanics in the procedures required to maintain the newly introduced, front-wheel-drive Minis. The vehicles were designed by Pinin Farina and built by Marshall's of Cambridge with all-aluminum coachwork, and were equipped to a very high specification.

These vehicles were underpinned by the mechanical aspects of another part of the group, its commercial vehicle division. The amalgamation of Austin and Morris in 1952 to form the British Motor Corporation (BMC) had also resulted in some rationalization of the two commercial vehicle ranges. It led to Austin and Morris badges appearing on otherwise almost identical models, including the Morris-designed forward control FE, which had first appeared in FV form in 1948. Successive versions of these forward control trucks followed and versions with 'Austin', 'Morris' or 'BMC' badges were offered.

With distinctive styling and high quality bodies built on aircraft principles, the support vehicles combined both a large cabin for storage or in some cases the ability to carry cars and were housed in an outwardly appealing and comparatively aerodynamic shell, particularly when compared to the same vehicles in their standard guise.

Once their original work was completed, BMC sold them on, with privateers frequently converting them to become car transporters or race support.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Heralding from relatively later on in the series, this 1963 vehicle is understood to be based on a Morris FFK 140 commercial chassis, and is thought to be one of only two that were supplied to the U.S. market, therefore being built to left hand drive specification.

This particular one is believed to be the vehicle that was displayed at the 1964 Chicago Auto Show, where period images show it neatly parked at the back of the MG show stand alongside the new MGB's. By the late 2000s it had found its way to California and had received a sympathetic rebuild and colorful paintjob to keep with period BMC styles.

A well-known vehicle, in more recent times it has been a much loved part of the personal collection of television's star of Chasing Classic Cars, Wayne Carini. Always known for his wide ranging tastes in vehicles, it was during the 2010 January Arizona auction season that he found the BMC and couldn't resist it. From the moment of his acquisition it has been something that he has both shared and enjoyed with others (one episode of his popular show was even devoted to its purchase). It was also subsequently toured in the West Coast before bringing it was brought back to his home base in Connecticut.

Over the course of the last five years, the BMC has been shown at numerous local concours events including the Fairfield County Concours. Always a popular sight, it would perhaps lend itself best to being a paddock support vehicle for vintage race meets such as the Lime Rock Classic on Labor Day weekend.

Its tasteful refurbishment now aged a little, the vehicle has a charming patina and a 'real' feel to it. Better still, it has received an upgraded Perkins diesel engine which is mated to a two-speed rear axle. It is comparatively usable and remains in running order, so much so that it is expected to be driven to the auction venue.

With a fascinating early history and continued touring and exposure in recent years, the vehicle is an important part of the BMC story and is ready for the next chapter in its life.
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
<b>1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle  </b><br />Chassis no. 144972
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