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Lot 161: Morris Minor 1000

British Heritage + Classic & Collectors Cars, Barons (20 September 2011)

Sir Alec Issigonis' concept was to combine the luxury and convenience of a good motor car at a price the working classes could afford. The Minor was a roomy vehicle with superior cornering and handling characteristics. The Minor prototype had been known as the Morris Mosquito but the model proper was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in September 1948.

More than 1.3 million Issigonis Minors were eventually produced, mainly in Cowley, Oxfordshire, and exported around the world, with many variants of the original model. The last Morris Minor ( a van) was assembled at Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand in 1974.

Offered here is a 1961 Minor 1000, which has had just two previous owners. It has benefited from a rebuilt engine and gearbox and has covered just 4 miles (at the time of writing) since the last MoT. The engine rebuild was carried out using Hepolite pistons, Glacier bearings, new oil pump, new water pump and an unleaded compatible head. The gearbox was rebuilt by Marque specialist John Evans.

Finished in black with excellent red leather interior, the car has recently had a new cross-member and exhaust fitted by a specialist in Bristol and is offered in very good but not concours condition.

A very nice example of everyone's favourite.

Lot Details
Auction British Heritage + Classic & Collectors Cars
Barons, Surrey Hall- Sandown Park, England
Lot Number161
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration numberSFX 826
Chassis numberMA253925191
Engine number539479
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2