Body Shell Codes
A Guide to Identifying the Correct Age/Model/Style of your Morris Minor
Most car owners are aware there are Engine and Chassis (VIN) Numbers that identify their car from the next. Morris also used Body Shell Codes. These were used during the manufacturing process and recorded any changes made to the shape/style of the body.
For many years a member has been tracking down these numbers and with a process of cross referencing he has produced the start of a registry that will help identify the correct year/model/style of your car. This registry has now been taken on by Minormadman/Cliff.
This guide sets out to help you use the registry, tell you how to get help and to request details from your car to help build a more detailed listing.
What to look for.
Like the engine and chassis number the body code number will be found on a plate in the car.
Here are examples of the Body Code plates and the two places you will find them:
Fig.1: Engine Bay, front nearside* tie plate under the bumper support. ©Old English White (MMO)
Fig.2: Engine bay, nearside* upper part of bulkhead. ©Old English White (MMO)
Note: *Nearside on Right Hand Drive cars.
Simple things to look out for. Has the body code plate got screw holes that match up or is it the same colour as the car?
Fig 2a: Which of these do you trust as being original? ©Old English White/Big Al (MMO)
Fig.3: Body Shell Code Locations.
These Body Code Numbers should not be confused with the Chassis Numbers. These numbers are found either found on the bulkhead near the wiring loom exit (until about 1965) or on the Drivers (RHD versions) footwell as shown below:
Fig.4: Chassis Number, before 1965/6, on upper part of bulkhead. ©Old English White (MMO)
Fig.5: Chassis Number, after 1965/6, drivers footwell. ©Old English White (MMO)
If you want to check a car is genuine or want to help update the registry please contact Minormadman/Cliff with the details. Your options are:
PM by clicking here: Minormadman
By adding a comment to the Body Shell Code discussion post: Discussion post
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in producing this useful guide. Please help by adding details of your Minor.