1951 MEGA-RARE SPLIT SCREEN MORRIS MINOR TOURER, SIDESCREENS For Sale
HERE we have an extremely rare bird. Yes, she needs a degree of restoration but she starts, drives through the gears and her original 918 side valve engine sounds sweet. Anyway, more of that later.
What we have here is a Minor "Tourer" (they were not called convertibles at this stage) registered in April 1951. That makes here a very early SMM (Series Morris Minor) "high light" model but, more interestingly, it makes her one of the last Tourers to come with rear side screens. Yes, that's right. Detachable rear windows, giving the rear tub a completely different look!
She has just four former keepers and I think that is pretty impressive bearing in mind the fact that she will soon be 70-years-old!
She has original matching chassis and engine numbers and most of the work required appears to centre around the sills. The rear spring hangers seem good as do the front chassis legs. The wings are not bad at all. There are the usual Minor door bottom issues - almost inevitably. Most of the repair panels are with the car but, importantly, she is sound in all the places where you might expect problems such as the actual rear tub where the hood frame folds back to the body work. She is really good around all that body area. Her brakes will need attention following several years of inactivity. Seats and door cars are the correct spec originals and many would consider them to be perfectly useable. There is no hood but the side screens are there. They will need Perspex fitting.
A mega-rare survivor and an example which is crying out for the restoration that it clearly deserves.
All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 68-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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