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HERE is a really delightful Morris Minor convertible - and a factory original at that (MAT vin number!). She is in her correct livery of smoke grey, which has always been more like a subtle light blue in terms of Morris Minor colours, and is a real eye catcher of an iconic true Brit convertible. She is ready to roll and has an MoT until October 2019, even though she no longer requires one by law. Her bodywork and paintwork are of the highest order with only minor (no pun intended) imperfections here and there to the surface. The most noticeable is where a tiny piece of paint has lifted towards the nearside rear arch. But all this is minimal compared to the overall lovely condition of this genuine Minor tourer. Being a 1963 model, she still bears many of the superior earlier features such as "duo-tone" upholstery, light coloured speedo calibrated to 80 mph, two glove boxes and of course those famous "clap hand" wipers. Her front seats have been re-upholstered very recently and are a slightly different shade of light blue to the rear seat. It's negligible and hardly worth mentioning in my view. She drives superbly and, because an oil pressure gauge has been fitted, you can see that she cruises along at around 70-75 psi. She looks to be excellent underneath - very straight and orderly and a far cry from the all so usual patchwork quilt type appearances of so many Moggies. Her hood is totally undamaged. Her mileage reads just 33,000 and, to be fair, it could be correct. Tracing mileages on old MoT certificates dating back 31 years (to 1988, we can see that she has covered just 8,000 miles. So, in 1988 - when she was 25-years-old, her mileage was 25,000. Yes, all perfectly plausible with a car in this sort of condition. It's a pleasure to see a genuine convertible in such a pretty condition, especially one which sounds and drives just as it should. All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 56-years-old this month! They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. Most examples have clearly had work over the decades and I cannot predict how much or how little they will need in the future. That, I am afraid, is the nature of the beast in the world of classic cars. Motoring antiques is what they are. I love my Georgian dining table, but I can see all the scars and signs of previous woodworm. Had I wanted a brand new table, I would have gone to Oak Furniture Land. Well perhaps. Demand is outstripping supply these days and they don't make the old girls any more. So, make some allowances and drive away with a smile on your face. It goes with the territory, and therefore must be accepted, that they are always going to need on-going care, attention and repair. Don't tell me some way down the line that the full beam doesn't work or that you have discovered something I knew nothing about. They are bloody old. It happens. They come in and they go out. It seems as though I have become a "re-homer" of classic cars. I accept all major debit cards and a ten per cent deposit is required at the point of sale with the balance due within three days. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote. Thanks for reading, Martin. (07595-020282).

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