Morris Minor Traveller
1966 Morris Minor Traveller
- Finished in British Racing Green with Beige interior.
- 1098cc engine - unleaded conversion.
- Lovely history file, plus original owners manual.
- Fantastic woodwork - replaced 2017
- Show winner.
Designed under the eagle eye of Sir Alex Issigonis, most famous for the BMC Mini, the Morris Minor first made its appearance at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. Initially available as a two-door saloon and tourer / convertible, the Minor (built between 1948 and 1972) saw development during 3 phases in the cars life: the MM ('48-53) with it's low-lights, split-screen front window and side valve engine; the series II ('52-56) saw the introduction of the 'A' series engine and in '52 the estate or Traveller version was introduced with its external wooden structured body being fitted to the front (saloon body) at the MG plant in Abingdon as the Morris Cowley plant could no longer cater for body-on-frame built vehicles. In 1956 the Minor 1000 was introduced, the two-piece front screen now being replaced by a curved one-piece windscreen, an increase in engine capacity to 948cc, the original semaphore indicators now being changed for the more modern front / rear flasher units and in 1962, although retaining the Minor 1000 name, the car saw some of its biggest changes with an improved 'A' series engine, improved braking / gearbox and improved interior styling.
Sold new in December 1966 this delightful Traveller is finished with a British Racing Green exterior with Beige interior. Having been owned and cherished by the same local gent for the last 5 years, she's been the subject to much recent expenditure, invoices for £6k, and comes with MOTs for the last 10 years confirming she has only drive 8k miles in that time, mostly to local shows, where she has collected a few trophies.
Mechanically in excellent order this Traveller is joy to drive. In last 2 years she has had her cylinder head converted to unleaded, the rear axle has been resealed and the braking system has been overhauled too. With the smallest amount of 'choke' needed on start-up the 1098cc engine starts easily and pulls sweetly through all gears and the Traveller will happily sing along down country lines and main roads alike.
Often a weak point on many Morris Minor are the panel gaps which are consistent and even around the car. The British Racing Green bodywork was repainted in 2017 and as such is in very good condition, the paint having a lovely shine. Most importantly, in 2017 again, the Traveller had all her exterior woodwork replaced, with photographic evidence to confirm, the quality and workmanship is fabulous, some of the finest we've seen. On opening the door / tail-gate, the driver and passengers are met with an interior in excellent condition too. The interior must have been subject to renovation at some time in the recent past as the carpets remain bright and the beige interior, correct heat-form pleated seat pattern for the year, remain in first class order too. Fitted with an optional heater and modern demist rear window this Traveller could be happily be used as occasional every day car......but not during our ownership :)
Despite being nearly 60 yrs old the Traveller really is a comfortable car to drive and despite being relatively small by modern car standards the Traveller actually offers a great amount of interior space with a bright and airy feel. A delight to drive, well cared for, easy to maintain and in lovely condition this Morris Minor Traveller offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy classic British motoring, we know if you see her, you'll fall in love with her too.
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