Australian Morris 850

Wheelchair Accessible Minis

A record of Australian made wheelchair accessible Mini vans

A limited number of Australian-assembled Leyland Mini Vans were converted to wheelchair accessible vehicles in the late 1970s. The conversions were completed by Richard Kearns of Adelaide, South Australia.

Almost no information exists about the conversions, with the exception of features by Craig Watson in The BMC Experience (Issue 8) and The Mini Experience Reloaded (Issue 7) magazines.

It is believed that about a dozen vehicles were made. This page serves to record details of as many known examples as possible.

As at January 2024, there are 10 confirmed conversions:

  • 021G2V2M10 4273
  • 021G2V1M09 4585
  • 021G2V1M09 6814
  • XNPFB18Y 100454
  • XNPFB18Y 101811
  • XNPFB18Y 102699
  • XNPFB18Y 104697
  • unknown ID - Jade Green
  • unknown ID - Original Sunassist van
  • unknown ID - Fish Haven Aquariums van
Wheelchair accessible Mini vans were used by Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc. in Mildura, Victoria (Image: Sunassist)
Wheelchair accessible Mini vans were used by Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc. in Mildura, Victoria (Image: Sunassist)

Known conversions

021G2V2M10 4273

Image credit: eBay user 'zhar02'

Factory colour: Crystal White (?)
Compliance date: 01-1975
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is narrower than windscreen.
  • Rear doors have tall upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
General history
  • Painted yellow and lime green. Fitted with 1275cc automatic.
  • Previously fitted with wood exterior trim to provide a grab rail for users (since removed).
Plate history
  • SFP624 (SA)
Sale history
  • eBay (11/2014), Daw Park SA ($2,000)
  • eBay (12/2016), Five Dock NSW

 

021G2V1M09 4585

Image credit: J. Thompson

Factory colour: Hairy Lime
Compliance date: 10-1975
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
  • Aftermarket van side windows.
Sale history
  • Facebook (12/2023), Berrigan NSW ($2,500)
    • Mostly complete but in need of restoration.
    • Bonnet painted black in tribute to Mr. Bean's Mini.

 

021G2V1M09 6814

Image credit: Elders, eBay user 'toby1033', Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc., L. Exell

Factory colour: Scarlet O'Hara
Compliance date: 04-1977
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is narrower than the windscreen.
  • Rear doors have tall upper windows, with the extension at a sharper angle than the original doors.
General history
  • Repainted yellow as replica vehicle for Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc, Mildura (2018).
Plate history
  • BVN276 (VIC)
  • 1OL6RC (VIC)
Sale history
  • Farm clearing sale (02/2016), east of Deniliquin NSW.
    • Roof extension painted white.
  • eBay (09/2016), Dimboola VIC.
    • Repainted Scarlet O'Hara with a white roof. Noted to have been used by Kerang Hospital.

 

XNPFB18Y 100454

Image credit: eBay user 'greggy412'

Factory colour: Crystal White
Compliance date: 04-1978
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
General history
  • Evidence of previous signwriting. Bumpers painted orange.
Sale history
  • TraderTAG (08/2012), Werribee VIC ($500)
  • eBay (12/2014), Drouin South VIC ($500)

 

XNPFB18Y 102699

Image credit: Autofan Media, Gumtree seller 'B and B Autos'

Factory colour: Signal Red
Compliance date: 07-1978
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
General history
  • Formerly T.A.F.E. South Australia asset number S041088.
  • Feature car in The BMC Experience and The Mini Experience Reloaded magazines.
Plate history
  • VLO049 (SA)
Sale history
  • Gumtree (06/2016), Woodville Park SA ($14,990)

 

XNPFB18Y (101811 or 104697)

Image credit: Ausmini user '9YaTaH'

Factory colour: Brooklands Green
Compliance date: 10-1978
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Cream
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension being vertical.
  • Aftermarket van side windows.
General history
  • Has spent time in Canberra, Gold Coast and Melbourne.
  • Feature car in The BMC Experience magazine, Issue 8.

 

XNPFB18Y (101811 or 104697)

Image credit: Autofan Media

Factory colour: Brooklands Green
Compliance date: 10-1978
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
  • Aftermarket van side windows.
General history
  • Feature car in The BMC Experience magazine, Issue 8.
Plate history
  • 1EBT427 (WA)

 

021G2V1M09 (unknown ID number)

Image credit: Carsales seller (unknown)

Factory colour: Jade Green
Compliance date: est. 1977
Engine number: 99H
Interior: Brown
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is narrower than the windscreen.
  • Rear doors have tall upper windows, with the extension at a sharper angle than the original doors.
Plate history
  • PXT323 (VIC) (?)
Sale history
  • Carsales (estimated pre-2011)

 

(original Sunassist van - unknown ID number)

Image credit: Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc., Autofan Media

Factory colour: Yellow Devil (?)
Compliance date: (unknown)
Engine number: 99H
Interior: (unknown)
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is short in height.
  • Rear doors have tall upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
  • Aftermarket van side windows.
General history
  • Original vehicle for Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc., Mildura VIC.
  • Featured in Star Letter of The Mini Experience magazine .
Plate history
  • BLP090 (VIC)

 

(Aquariums advertising - unknown ID number)

Image credit: Gumtree seller (unknown)

Factory colour: Yellow Devil (?)
Compliance date: (unknown)
Engine number: 99H
Interior: (unknown)
Notes on conversion
  • Front upper window is same width as windscreen.
  • Rear doors have square upper windows, with the extension continuing at the original angle.
Sale history
  • Gumtree, South Australia
    • Features signwriting for "Fish Haven" Aquariums

 

Acknowledgement

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Last updated 8 January 2024