British Motors Corporation (BMC) already had permanent training schools established in the UK as well as most of the Commonwealth nations where her products sold. But it was felt that in distant towns and villages, mechanics had to be trained to service their vehicles as they couldn't travel to large cities to attend training programs for 3 days.
And so BMC asked famous body building firm from Cambridge, Marshall to construct a body using the chassis of Austin made FFK 140. The engine to be used was a 5.7 litre diesel engine having a power output of 120 bhp and power steering should be provided. Another condition set by BMC was that the front windscreen should be of the same size as the rear screen, so that in case the windscreen at the front breaks, the same can be replaced with the one at the rear.
Marshall (after working on the basic design provided by Italian design house, Pininfarina) finally delivered these BMC Mobile Units with a small classroom, work table, engine calibration equipment, etc. They were initially called as Mobile Units, but because there were problems with the French Customs authorities as they insisted to levy custom duties on equipments being carried inside the vehicle, that they were later renamed as British Leyland Training Units.
After several were put into use for few years, BMC finally sold these vehicles at an auction, retaining few of them to support their rally teams.
Harris Coaches, a well-known tour operator purchased one in 1976 and used this vehicle to sell their continental tour packages.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||5.5 x 3 x 2.5|
|Color||White / Red|