Hooniverse Truck Thursday: Whitby Morrison ice cream truck lives outside of jolly old England

//Hooniverse Truck Thursday: Whitby Morrison ice cream truck lives outside of jolly old England

Hooniverse Truck Thursday: Whitby Morrison ice cream truck lives outside of jolly old England


This is a Whitby Morrison which I spotted in Central Pennsylvania. This is a rather unusual ice cream truck, about two-thirds the size of a Ford F-150. Considering the fact that an ice-cream man would need to spend a whole day in it trying to attract kids selling ice-cream, it does not sound comfortable.


Possibly based on the Ford Transit (feel free to correct me here), this truck is manufactured by a small company in Crewe, England, that makes two hundred trucks a year for the world market. Below is a seven minute video showing how these trucks are made. The whole production process is rather impressive, down to the graphics being hand painted on.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBBgeFZhyDI[/youtube]
The video has all the hallmarks of a good British documentary. It’s calming and relaxing and will leave you feeling a bit more tired, right until you hear the strange song with the line “lazy like the white man in the long summer’s sun.” Oh, the true oddness of the British documentary.

Are you in the market for a nice used Whitby Morrison? Looks nice and inexpensive because of its small size doesn’t it? The cost of used Whitby Morrisons ranges in price from 15,000 to 60,000 British Pounds, which is like 300,000 US Dollars. This begs the question, how much money do these ice-cream people make?

By |2011-09-29T09:00:06+00:00September 29th, 2011|Hooniverse Truck Thursday|31 Comments

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  1. Van Sarockin September 29, 2011 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Works better than Free Candy. I must have one for hanging out by the Middle School, now that gold chains and Trans Ams only bring puzzled stares and the police my way.

    • pj134 September 29, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

      But 3/4 length jackets, fingerless leather gloves, aviators and boomboxes are still in, right!??! I still got game right!?!

  2. nofrillls September 29, 2011 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Cool as it is, is it safe to assume that body was molded in a bathtub factory?

    • fodder650 September 29, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

      You would think that wouldn't you? The video proves otherwise and is still worth watching for the weird song at the end

  3. Devin September 29, 2011 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I'm not too interested in the truck, but now I REALLY want some ice cream.

  4. nofrillls September 29, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Mister Whippy. That's what my wife calls me.

    • Alff September 29, 2011 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Long and lacking in girth?

    • nofrillls September 29, 2011 at 10:47 am - Reply

      lol, more like leathery and frayed at one end.

      • McQueen September 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        Could be that everytime he uses it , it stings a bit

  5. mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 29, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    A truck labelled "Watch Children" while while Mister Whippy is hand dipping cones and snoballs, why yes this IS the most inappropriate car to have sex on the hood of officer.

  6. $kaycog September 29, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    The sign on the back, WATCH CHILDREN, makes me laugh.
    Ice cream truck………works every time.
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2809590640_e6ec1eb61f.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • dukeisduke September 29, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

      The walking bear the near the back? He looks like he's coming to kick your ass.

      • $kaycog September 29, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

        That would be a feat, as he only has one foot.

        • pj134 September 29, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

          Good one daaaaaaahling, I nearly lost my monocle and my mustache came out of point!

  7. dukeisduke September 29, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

    It's LHD, so it's perfect for the US. I see a blue oval on the steering wheel – what's the chassis they use?

    • fodder650 September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Whitby has standardized chassis now but back when this was made they would use pretty much anything. In this case a British built Morrison chassis. Which I have never heard of before.

      • dukeisduke September 29, 2011 at 9:35 am - Reply

        Maybe they just used a Ford steering wheel and column.

    • Tanshanomi September 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Actually, RHD is great for ice cream trucks. Vend from the driver's seat!
      <img src="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2010/08/19/2012673352.jpg"&gt;

  8. Lotte September 29, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    And there's a casket company truck beside it. This is the stuff of nightmares…

    • OA5599 September 29, 2011 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Ghost ride the Mister Whippy.

  9. muthalovin September 29, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I will not be sleeping well at work today.

  10. LTDScott September 29, 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    This reminds me of a random thought I had last week. I seem to recall that in the original Gone in 60 Seconds, there's a scene where you can see what I think is a Commer or maybe Ford Thames food or ice cream truck that flips over. I haven't seen the movie in ages, so I'm not sure if that's true or something made up in my head. Does anyone know what I'm referring to?

  11. tonyola September 29, 2011 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I can't help but to think of this…
    [youtube sJNV4FMpGh8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJNV4FMpGh8 youtube]

  12. VeeArrrSix September 29, 2011 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Mr. Whippy has a slight S&M sound to it, no?

    • dr zero September 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Down here in Sydney, all ice cream vans are generically known as Mr Whippy vans. Especially if they are pink. I don't have any explanation.

  13. pdb September 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply
  14. Thrashy September 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Marginally related: on the drive home from work through upscale suburban Kansas City today, I saw a London double-decker bus, replete with vintage Marmite advertisement, parked in somebody's driveway.
    If it's still there tomorrow, I will try to get pictures.

    • texlenin September 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Used to be a guy that lived on Preston, south of Walnut Hill, that had one parked off his drive, too.
      Odd collector's item.

  15. texlenin September 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    "'S'cuse me, while I Mister Whippy this out……"

  16. Andrew from London January 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Back in the 60s, there were two major manufacturers of ice cream vans (some other smaller less famous ones too) one was S.C.Cummins Ltd of Crewe in Cheshire and the other was indeed Morrisons of Southampton.
    The number one choice of chassis was that of the Bedford CA until that model changed in 1970 to the Bedford CF and the second choice was the Ford Transit.
    The Morrison bodywork (as featured here) was (surprisingly) made to fit both chassis ! (The Bedford CA grill was used regardless of what chassis was used, hence the usual mistake of calling the Transit version a Bedford)
    The front side/indicator (parking and turn signal) lamp was "taken" from a Triumph 2000 MK1 and the rear lamps from a Vauxhall (UK GM) Cresta/Velox PB. (a very strange choice IMO)
    The wheels are probably the first visual sign of what chassis is hiding underneath!
    The dash and steering wheel confirms that this one is based on the Ford Transit MK1.
    The Carpigiani whippy machine is a very expensive piece of equipment and was available as either a single or a double barrel machine (twin flavour twister).
    Sadly, the one featured here doesn't have such a machine.
    There were/are variations available as to what and how you'd like your van fitted/kitted out and the vehicle would be bespoke to your own requirements, right down to what tune your music box would play.
    Yes, they are very expensive when purchased fully equipped, but they are built to last many many years!
    The choice of materials are extremely hard wearing and the fibreglass bodywork meant no rust or corrosion to worry about.
    Simplistically speaking, these two companies have since amalgamated into one and is known as Whitby Morrison of Crewe as shown in the YouTube link.

  17. Daniel Jackson August 18, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Hi,
    In response to Andrew from London – Wonderful insight in to these classic ice cream vans. I am currently looking to buy one myself – Do you know of any for sale?
    daniel at jixon.co.uk is my email address.
    Thanks!

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