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 April 1969 through the Loughborough, Morris / MG / Wolseley dealership, T. Shipide Ltd and first registered to British Gypsum and finished in Old English White, with contrasting Black interior, we're delighted to offer this lovely Traveller. With only 4 previous keepers and the having been owned by the same owner for the last 5 years she comes with a great history file, invoices for circa £5k, 25 previous MOT certificates and its wonderful to find such an example that comes with its original Owners Manual and 'Passport to Service' too.....if only a 12k miles service cost the same today as it did in 1971, £8.25!
Mechanically in excellent order and having traveled less than 6000 miles in the last 5 years this Traveller is joy to drive. 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, the exhaust giving its unique 'waspy' rasp during gear-changes.
Often a weak point on many Morris Minor are the panel gaps which are consistent and even around the car. The Old English White bodywork is in very good condition, the paint having a lovely shine and it's great to see the Travellers woodwork remains in excellent condition too, clearly having been properly treated during years of caring ownership. On opening the door / tail-gate, the driver and passengers are met with an interior in excellent condition too with all the switches, latches, carpet (including rubber over mats) etc having a quality feel and one can't help but smile watching the indicator stalk end 'flash' in unison with the exterior indicators. 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.