Lot '46: Morris Minor Tourer
Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor went on to become one of the most successful British cars of all time with over 1,000,000 units sold by 1961 and production continuing right up until 1971. It was conceived as a vehicle to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car with a price suitable for the working man. Compared with competitor products throughout the 1950s, it excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering/handling characteristics which continue to delight driving enthusiasts to this day.
The Minor came in several variants including two and four-door saloons, a wood-framed Traveller estate, a panel van and a pick-up. Most glamorous and sought-after of all was the convertible Tourer model which offered top-down motoring at a budget price. All models were gradually but subtly improved over time, gaining a one-piece windscreen, better heating and an engine that grew from a 27bhp 918cc sidevalve unit to a 1098cc ohv unit that produced 47bhp and could propel the car to a top speed of 77mph.
First registered in October 1960 in South Wales, this genuine Minor 1000 Tourer has had just five owners from new. It was subject to a complete rebuild in the mid-2000s and put back on the road in 2007.The extensive history file contains invoices for parts alone totaling nearly �4,000 including an engine rebuild, with the whole process recorded on photographs. The car has only covered 1200 miles since the rebuild was completed and incorporates sensible driver friendly upgrades including a 1098cc engine, servo brakes and modern trafficators rather than the older semaphore type. Finished in its original Old English White with a maroon interior and matching hood, it is sold with a current MOT certificate.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
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|Registration number||XHJ 850|
|Engine capacity (cc)||998|
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