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Lot 102: Morris Minor Saloon

Classic, Collectors & Sports Cars, Barons (8 December 2009)

The original Minor MM series lasted from 1948 to1953. It included a pair of 4-seat saloons, 2-door and 4-door, and a convertible 4-seat Tourer. The front torsion bar suspension was shared with the larger Morris Oxford, as was the almost-unibody construction. Although the Minor was originally designed to accept a flat-4 engine, with four distinctive gaps in the engine bay to accommodate it, late in the development stage it was replaced by a side-valve straight-4 producing 27.5 hp and 39 lbf�ft of torque. This little engine pushed the Minor to just 64 mph (103 km/h) but delivered 40 miles per gallon.

In 1952, the Minor was updated with an Austin-designed, 800cc overhead valve A-Series engine replacing the original sidevalve unit. The engine had been designed for the Minor's main competition, the Austin A30, but became available as Austin and Morris were merged into the British Motor Corporation. The new engine felt stronger, though all measurements were smaller than the old. This new model became known as the Series II.

Offered here is a 1957 Minor, which has been equipped with an 1100cc engine. The car has also benefited from a new cross member and a stainless steel exhaust system. It is finished in black with red interior and is described as being in good condition.

Offered on behalf of an elderly couple, the car has covered just 5 miles since its last MoT and has been garaged since, as it always has been. It is only being sold because the vendors are relocating and will have nowhere to keep the car.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors & Sports Cars
Barons, Surrey
Lot Number102
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration numberADV81A
Chassis numberFAA1595297
Engine number28731
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4