Australian Morris 850

Paint Colours

The availability of paint colours varied over production, with the number and selection of colours changing over time. More than 30 different colours were used from 1961 to 1965.

Upon initial release in 1961, choice was limited to just four colours: Orient Red, English Grey, Araluen Blue, and Inca Yellow (British Motor Corporation 1961). These early colours are relatively rare as they were only available within the first year or two of production.

Paint colours confirmed for the Morris 850 are:

  • Acacia
  • Araluen Blue
  • Arctic Blue
  • Ash Grey
  • Astro Grey
  • Aztec Turquoise
  • Birch Grey
  • Black
  • Cedar Green
  • Chartreuse
  • Cherry Red
  • Driftwood
  • Dusk Blue
  • English Grey
  • Executive Grey
  • Haze Blue
  • Iceberg Blue
  • Inca Yellow
  • Laguna Beige
  • Nurburg White
  • Moss Green
  • Orient Red
  • Platinum
  • Porcelain Green
  • Royal Red
  • Saxon Green
  • Shadow Blue
  • Slate Grey
  • Smoke Grey
  • Sunburst Cream
  • Sunset Red
  • Tartan Red
  • Toga White
  • Twilight Grey

Do you know of a paint colour used on the 850 not listed here? Please let us know!

Paint colours confirmed for the Morris 850 are as listed below.

  1. Acacia
  2. Araluen Blue
  3. Arctic Blue
  4. Ash Grey
  5. Astro Grey
  6. Aztec Turquoise
  7. Birch Grey
  8. Black
  9. Cedar Green
  10. Chartreuse
  11. Cherry Red
  12. Driftwood
  13. Dusk Blue
  14. English Grey
  15. Executive Grey
  16. Haze Blue
  17. Iceberg Blue
  18. Inca Yellow
  19. Laguna Beige
  20. Nurburg White
  21. Moss Green
  22. Orient Red
  23. Platinum
  24. Porcelain Green
  25. Royal Red
  26. Saxon Green
  27. Shadow Blue
  28. Slate Grey
  29. Smoke Grey
  30. Sunburst Cream
  31. Sunset Red
  32. Tartan Red
  33. Toga White
  34. Twilight Grey

Do you know of a paint colour used on the 850 not listed here? Please let us know!

In addition to regular paint colours available to the general public, the 850 could be produced in special colours for fleets.

A known example of a special colour is for the Post Master General (PMG) Department, whose Morris 850s were produced in Birch Grey. Unlike most colours which were regularly updated, fleet colours remained unchanged for a long period to maintain consistency within fleets. For the PMG, Birch Grey was in use not only for the 850 but also for the later Mini Minor and Mini 1100.

Birch Grey

Birch Grey, a fleet colour used on the Morris 850.

Samples of all known colours are provided below, listed alphabetically and filterable by colour. The provided images are indicative samples only and should not be used for an accurate representation of the true colour. Click on the samples to see photos of cars in that colour (where available).


See References for details of resources used to compile this page.

Last updated 17 July 2021