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Lot 072: Morris Minor Tourer

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (28 November 2012)

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 a million 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 classes. 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. Dating from February 1959, this particular car has had just four owners from new and has been in the current ownership since 1999 (although coming from a deceased estate it has recently been transferred into another family member's name). Pale green with a light green interior, it is said to be in reasonable condition but would benefit from some cosmetic TLC here and there. Mechanically it is said to be very good and to drive well with various bills showing regular maintenance. Although the tax has just expired, it is MOTd until October 2013. It comes with an eye-catching and valuable 321 NNO number plate which is original and transferable.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number072
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3200
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1959
Condition rating
Registration number321 NNO
Mileage-
Chassis numberM/AT3-692890
Engine number9M-U-H-288992
Engine capacity (cc)998
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors