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Lot 221: 1960 Morris Minor 1000 Saloon

Porsche and Lotus Motor Cars, Bonhams (26 July 2008)

Arguably the fondest-regarded of Britainís post-war saloons, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor was launched at the 1948 Motor Show and by January 1961 had sold one million units to become the UKís most successful post-war car to date. The first new post-war Morris design, the unitary-construction Minor boasted torsion bar independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a four-speed synchromesh gearbox. Powered initially by the companyís existing 918cc sidevalve four, the Minor received an 803cc overhead-valve engine in 1953. Two two-door models were offered initially: a saloon and a convertible. A four-door saloon appeared in 1950, estates and commercials following later. In 1956 the Minor 1000 with 948cc A-Series engine appeared, and the model received a further capacity boost (to 1,098cc) in 1962.
The styling too was revised progressively: the headlamps moving from the radiator grille to the wings on the Series II, the split front screen being superseded by a curved one-piece windscreen on the Minor 1000 and flashing indicators replacing the original semaphore trafficators. Despite the many changes the final Minor remained recognisably the same car as the 1948 original. By the time production ceased in 1971, more than 1.5 million Minors of all types had been sold.
This Minor 1000 four-door saloon was restored in 2000 to a high standard by recognised marque specialists, the work including a full engine rebuild and new wiring loom. Finished in black with red leather-upholstered interior, the latter preserved in superb original condition, the car is presented in excellent condition in every department and is reported as running very well. The vehicle is offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Porsche and Lotus Motor Cars
Bonhams, BRDC Silverstone Classic, Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Lot Number221
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6325
Condition rating
Registration numberVRV 924
Chassis number
Engine number8C25 EP14037
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors