A delivery mileage Morris Leyland Sherpa 250 Minibus with 87 miles from new!
Factory built passenger carrying vehicle, nine forward facing trimmed seats, side and rear doors with steps, sliding windows, mud flaps, cross-ribbed rear compartment rubber mat, front sun visors, wood veneer fascia, engine stop lever, two-speed wipers with flick-wipe, two speed heater/demister unit, front and rear ashtrays.
Finished in factory optional single colour gloss paint in Navy-Blue, (Code JAL). The paintwork is incredible and has been preserved thanks to dry indoor storage away from damaging UV light. Boasting perfectly straight panels and no rust. Further factory originality is seen in the panel seams, spot welds and genuine ‘Leyland standard’ paint with the occasional run! Close scrutiny reveals a small ding to the driver’s door and one to the nearside rear panel. A repair to the drivers step due to jacking error has been professionally carried out. Thin poorly applied factory underseal remains with areas missed due to poor quality control and full inspection of the box sections and structure will amaze. There are coloured factory paint dabs, PDI markings and even a paper parts label still attached to one rear leaf spring!
A true time warp interior even down to the nostalgia evoking British Leyland smell! The black vinyl seats, (Code PMA), are as new with the only imperfection being a small nick to the rear bench seat corner virtually hidden which probably occurred when assembled. The headlining is in perfect condition, as are the PVC padded door panels and full-length rubber floor mat. The wood veneer fascia and all switchgear are immaculately preserved. All equipment and gauges operate. There are unmarked wheel arch tubs, cab steps with factory information plates and even the original glue to the floor covering which has never been lifted. Tools and warning triangle are present and unused.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Factory fitted with the dieselised version of the BMC B-Series engine, this simple 4-cylinder 1798cc unit develops a wheezy 52bhp and 107Nm of torque. The unit pulls strongly and cleanly in all gears and the traditional diesel clatter is simply delightful! The spotless engine bay is untouched even down to the original sound deadening fully intact to the bonnet underside. The inner wings, bulkhead and slam panel are immaculate and factory plates, stickers and stampings remain untouched. The four speed all-synchromesh gearbox is surprisingly easy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The steel wheels wear full cover stainless hub caps in lieu of chrome centre caps and commercial rated 195 R14C tyres replaced the originals. An unused spare wheel and factory tyre remains in the underhung cradle. Standard fitment brakes and all braking ancillaries such as the zinc plated front calipers look almost new!
A letter in the history file dated 23rd November 2018 from Nigel Harrison of the Morris Commercial Club confirms that following a vehicle inspection, this Minibus was manufactured in the UK and exported when new to Portugal. Portuguese registration took place on 25th March 1982 using plate number IZ-00-41. A copy of the Passport to Service details the Minibus being first registered to Josefina Rodrigues Viegas Perfinas. It is reported in a magazine article in UK publication, Classic Van and Pick up, that tragic bizarre events befell the first owner following the loss of life to him and his wife prior to collection. Complex Portuguese inheritance laws meant that property of a deceased went to the state after a number of years unless claimed beforehand. A system that allowed claims to be made was in place, however it was a convoluted affair that could, and very often did, take years to resolve. In the meantime the Dealer was under an obligation to keep the vehicle in its current condition unused until the issue was resolved, which did indeed take many years. In fact this Sherpa remained with the dealer in secure dry storage for decades. In 2016 Mr Alan Jeynes of Redcar, Cleveland, saw an advert for the vehicle placed by a classic vehicle Dealer in Santa-Maria de Lamas, he promptly purchased the Minibus blind and arranged transportation 1,500 miles to his home! Full UK registration and recommissioning has taken place and in 2018 the second UK owner purchased the vehicle to join his eclectic collection of classic cars due to Alans poor health. The magazine feature written by Brian Culpan makes the front cover and is titled ‘A most amazing minibus’. He concludes after a three page glowing feature; ‘Having spent several hours closely inspecting this Sherpa, I remain amazed and almost speechless at its original condition’. All handbooks and guides remain in the Leyland document wallet and there is a separate file of Portuguese documentation, the magazine feature and an original ‘Sherpa, Loads Better’ sales brochure.
MOT June 2021, HPI Clear.
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