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Lot 364: Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Arguably the fondest-regarded of all Britain's post-war saloons, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor was launched at the 1948 Motor Show and by January 1961 had sold one million units to become the UK's most successful post-war car to date. The first new post-war Morris design, the unitary-construction Minor boasted torsion bar independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a four-speed synchromesh gearbox. A pair of two-door models was offered initially: a saloon and a convertible. A four-door saloon arrived in 1950, estates and commercials following later. The Traveller estate version first appeared in 1953. Powered initially by the company's existing 918cc sidevalve four, the Minor received an 803cc overhead-valve engine in 1953. In 1956 the Minor 1000 with 948cc A-Series engine appeared and the model received a further capacity boost (to 1,098cc) in 1962 together with an improved synchromesh gearbox. The styling too was revised progressively: the headlamps moving from the radiator grille to the wings on the Series II; the split front screen being superseded by a curved one-piece windscreen on the Minor 1000; and flashing indicators replacing the original semaphore trafficators. Despite the many updates the final Minor remained recognisably the same car as the 1948 original. After 1962 the Minor remained virtually unchanged until the last model - a Traveller - rolled off the production line in April 1971, by which time more than 1.5 million Minors of all types had been sold. The practical Traveller remained popular right to the end, and today the model enjoys an affectionate and enthusiastic following. This special Minor 1000 Traveller was lovingly restored between 2005 and 2012 with no expense spared. We are advised that the engine is a new, unleaded compatible unit and that the floor panels are new Heritage-supplied replacements. In addition, 'UWG 143J' has been upgraded with alternator electrics, electronic ignition, halogen headlights, servo-assisted Morris Marina disc brakes, Spax shock absorbers, driver's instrument panel, windscreen washers and a stainless steel exhaust system. Described as in generally very good/excellent condition, the car is offered with restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number364
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6600
Hammer Price (inc premium)£7590
Year1970
Condition rating2
Registration numberUWG 143J
Mileage-
Chassis numberMAW5D1280778F
Engine numberMGM0106/12C275
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors