Trudy - the Traveller

Morris Traveller hearse

Trudy was built and registered in 1965. She was supplied by Colmore depot, based at West Bromwich in the West Midlands. She led a normal life, becoming gradually run-down through daily use, until Andrew Bywater bought her as a complete wreck in April 2009. It took two and a half years of painstaking work to restore her to show condition.

Don't miss the restoration gallery below to appreciate how far Trudy has come. 

Moggy hearse

As British as bread and jam, or tea and cake. 

1.6 million moggies were manufactured between 1948 and 1972, so many of us had a familiar family car somewhere along the line. Proud members of Morris Minor Owners Club MMOC
Judith, Clare and Andrew with Trudy

In June 2018 Trudy found a new home with classic car collectors Clare and Michelle whose large vehicle collection includes a 1957 Morris Minor saloon 'Banjo' a 1946 Austin 8 saloon 'Arthur' and  new to the stable is a 1968 Austin 6 cwt van 'Trevor' who after a light restoration will be given a new contract of employment following a glistening coat of silver paint a new interior and some commercial sign writing, he will be working alongside of Trudy!


Volkswagen enthusiasts and hearse suppliers Clare Brookes and Michelle Orton have owned and run Volkswagen Funerals since 2006 and are known and trusted throughout the funeral profession. 




Read all about Trudys epic restoration  Practical Classics feature 

Trudy and Trevor at BMC day Gaydon 2020, one of few shows due to Covid - Trevor will be joining Trudy on duty shortly

bespoke hearse deck by Mario McLaughlin M J Engineering -Nuneaton

In 2019 Trudy had a makeover to include a respray and new wheels and this clever mechanical coffin deck that rises and falls, designed, made and fitted by good friend Mario McLaughlin, along with all of our deck fixings and pins. We can now offer a few more inches to accommodate slightly longer coffins and see over the top to drive! Mario is a very talented engineer in particular for any classic car requirements, he's old school, and he's your man. 

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Trudys new guardian, Clare Brookes

Andrew and Judith Bywater made the decision to retire from the funeral profession and Trudy had been greatly appreciated and admired by Clare and Michelle since her launch at the NEC classic car show in 2011. 

It seemed that they were the best people to keep Trudy providing her service and are now able to offer her further afield throughout the UK thanks to the companies Euro 6 Moggy carrier 'Parker' the Luton car transporter.

Clares father Ron Brookes worked at Morris engines in Courthouse Green Coventry for most of his working life only finishing his career as a machine tool setter when the factory closed in the early 1980’s.

Beautiful Ash structure perfect for a natural burial

Green - Eco funerals.

Our Morris Minor hearse is an appropriate choice for anyone considering an ecologically sympathetic and ethical funeral. This car has effectively been "recycled" having been completely rebuilt creating a smaller carbon footprint than a new-build traditional hearse. Part of the structure is from Ash, a natural material which would be in sympathy with for example a woodland or natural funeral.


One of the major restorers and suppliers of Morris Minor parts Charles Wares Morris Minor centre in Bath was presented with the National Green Apple award in 2003 to recognise their contribution to sustainable car preservation and provision of employment in the third world via their factory in Sri-Lanka. 


Did I mention this hearse is recycled?


Trudy and Trevor may be available for filming - we have a selection of classics that are available for filming / static photo shoots etc. Just ask. 



Complete Morris Traveller book by Ray Newell

Trudy gets a mention in the Complete Morris Traveller book. Click image to see it on Amazon.



Picture gallery

Andrew Bywater talks on stage at 2017 Restoration show at the NEC about his idea and the restoration of Trudy.

Trudys cool sunvisor

Signed at Practical Classics restoration show 2017 NEC

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