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Lot 351: Morris Minor 1000 DeLuxe

Cars, Historics at Brooklands (3 March 2011)

The Morris Minor was a British economy car that debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20th September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, over 1.3 million examples were manufactured from 1948-1971. Initially available as a 2-door saloon and convertible, the range was subsequently expanded to include a 4-door saloon in 1950 and wood-framed estate, The Traveller, plus the panel van and pick-up truck variants in 1952.

The Minor was manufactured in three series, Series I, Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series like the car offered today. These 1000 series cars benefitted from an engine which was increased in capacity to 948cc, and are differentiated from earlier examples of the marque by their curved one-piece windscreen replacing the two-piece split windscreen and the an enlarged rear window. Other modifications specific to this car is a new dashboard layout including a lidded glove box on both the driver and passenger side of the dashboard.

This is a delightfully original example of the model. What makes this car special is that the vendor is the second owner of the car having inherited it from a family member. This family member bought the car new from Jarvis & Sons Wimbledon and there's some lovely correspondence between the supplying dealer and the first owner including the original bill of sale and sales brochure.

Other than annual MoT testing this well loved car has had little by way of servicing having travelled only a modest number of miles. The speedometer of this Morris was changed in May 2005 but the receipt from this change proves that the mileage covered at the point of change was just 43,676. Combined with the measly 1241 miles travelled since 2005 this car is a genuine sub-50,000 mile example of a well-coveted motor car.

This car has a valid MoT test certificate until June 2011, is complete with a V5C registration certificate and is offered today at No Reserve. This spirited example of the marque described by one author as typifying "Englishness" could be a handsome bargain for the lucky new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Cars
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
Lot Number351
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1792
Condition rating0
Registration number253 PPK
Chassis numberMAS3/834351
Engine number446486
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors