Multiple identification numbers were stamped into the body of the Morris 850. The type and location of the numbers varied throughout the production period.
There were two types of numbers stamped:
- Australian Car Number
- Body Number
Australian Car Number
Every Morris 850 had a unique Australian Car Number, this being a sequential number that started at 501 from the first car.
The car number was stamped on the firewall of every car, however the location was altered. For a short period of time the number was also stamped on the rear floor panel of cars.
- Driver side, opposite plate: At the beginning of production, the car number was stamped on the driver side of the firewall.
- Passenger side, above plate: From circa car 5500, the car number was stamped on the passenger side of the firewall, above the identification plate.
- Driver side, below plate: From approximately car 16800, the car number was stamped on the driver side below the identification plate when it was similarly relocated to the driver side.
Firewall stamping (driver side, opposite plate).
Firewall stamping (passenger side, above plate).
Firewall stamping (driver side, below plate).
Floor panel stamping
- Driver side: At the beginning of production, the car number was stamped on the driver side of the rear floor panel. The number was located on the sloped portion of the floor panel between the sill and where the outer seat leg rested on the floor.
- Passenger side: From circa car 5500, the car number was stamped on the passenger side of the rear floor panel.
- No stamping: From approximately car 13000 the practice of stamping on the floor panel was discontinued.
Rear floor stamping (passenger side).
A body number was also stamped into each body shell. This was used in production before a formal car number was assigned and does not correlate to the final car number. The body number is typically covered or obscured by paint.
Body numbers for the first period of production are believed to be of UK origin, while later numbers correspond to Australian production.
- Firewall, passenger side: At the beginning of production, body numbers of UK origin in the 40000-70000 range were stamped on body shells. The number was stamped on the passenger side of the firewall between the identification plate and the central speedometer hole. It was not unusual for the number to be partly covered by the plate, and by car 11000 was completely covered by the identification plate.
- Firewall, driver side: From circa car 11000, the body number was of Australian origin and typically within 1000 units of the car number. The number was stamped underneath the identification plate (first located on the passenger side, and later the driver side).
- Radiator shroud: From circa car 35000, the body number was stamped on the top of the radiator shroud panel. These numbers were also accompanied by an additional code stamp – M2 over 15 in a small circle.
Body number on firewall (passenger side).
Body number on radiator shroud.
M2/15 in circle stamped alongside body number (when on radiator shroud).
Last updated 13 April 2021