A RARE Post Office van from Avoncroft Museum has been restored to its former glory by a group of students and will star at the museum’s forthcoming Morris Minor Day on Sunday, May 3.
Level 2 Motor Vehicle students from South Worcestershire College in Evesham have been working on Avoncroft’s 1953 Morris Minor van to repair the engine and the gearbox and restored it to perfect running order for its return home to the museum.
The van is one of the very first batch of 1,600 vehicles ordered by the General Post Office in 1953 and used to be a fairly common sight up until the 1970s.
Very few have survived and it is thought that only 10 vehicles, with their distinctive black rubber wings, are still in existence today.
The newly-restored vehicle will be making its debut at the Malvern Hills Morris Minors Owners’ Club Branch Rally at Avoncroft Museum from 10.30am.
Over 40 other classic cars will be attending the annual rally, which will include an exhibition of the vehicles with prizes awarded for those in the best condition.
Hamish Wood, head of projects and interpretation at the museum, said: “We are delighted to have worked with South Worcestershire College. They have done a fantastic job in restoring the van and I hope they’ve found it interesting to work on such an unusual project.”