Morris Mini Cooper S Recreation

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An outstanding Morris Mini Cooper S Recreation with massive documented spend.

EQUIPMENT
Rear bumper overriders, chromed number plate lamp, hinged rear number plate, opening rear windows, fresh air heater, two crushable sun visors. Exterior Accessories; Steel Cooper ‘S’ wheels, wheel arch spats, bullet door mirrors, headlamp guards, front fog and driving lamps, quick-release bonnet, leather bonnet strap, reversing lamp, alloy sump guard, twin fuel tanks with Monza filler caps, roof rack. Interior Accessories; Battery isolator, bucket seats, custom instrument panel with extended toggle switches, Smiths gauges including Tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature, ammeter and clock, map reading lamp, 2X USB ports, John Cooper Moto-Lita steering wheel. Modifications; 1293cc Stage 2 engine, reground nitro-carburised crankshaft, Duplex timing gears and chain, high capacity steel backed oil pump, twin SU carburettors, K&N air filters, Fletcher alloy radiator and electric fan, Accuspark electronic ignition, Proflow Sytec adjustable fuel pressure regulator, Facet electric fuel pump, braided fuel hoses, X-Drive starter motor, uprated Verto clutch kit, front brake disc conversion, SPAX adjustable shock absorbers, 2.2 turn quickrack, twin air horns.

EXTERIOR
Built at eye-watering cost and fully documented and photographed, the vision behind this unique Cooper S Recreation was quite clear, regardless of cost the car had to look and drive incredibly. Finished in Almond Green with Old English White Roof, the classic Cooper look is complimented with period accessories and rally car styling to include the purposeful working front lamps, bonnet numberplate siting, reversing lamp and twin working fuel tanks. The paintwork boasts and beautiful uniform shine with perfect panel gaps to further affirm the very high standard to which this build has been executed. This 1966 Morris Mini Minor has taken on a new lease of life and is simply brilliant.

INTERIOR
Tastefully uprated throughout to bring the real rally experience to this wonderful interior. Delightful well executed touches such as the period instrument panel with extended toggle switches, map reading lamp and cream-crackle headlining remind you of this Cooper Recreation’s 1966 heritage and the figure-hugging deep buckets seats hold you very very tight! All modifications are done with a purpose and everything operates perfectly including the additional Smiths gauges and an entertaining twin air horn! Attention to detail is phenomenal and it is clear to see this has been created with passionate knowledge. Ready for fun and adrenaline fixes? This Mini has it all and is meant to be driven hard!

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The mechanical specification is incredibly comprehensive and forms a documented portion of the total spend amounting to £35,340.39 (excluding the purchase cost of the car). In brief, the 1293cc Stage 2 engine and ancillaries have been professionally built using premium components by renowned Jonspeed Racing and uprated where necessary to produce performance figures far in excess of a standard 1966 Mini Minor and more in line with its Cooper S brethren! This Mini is certainly not just a show-pony and even a short exhilaration drive affirms this as you slice through the slick 4-speed gearbox.

WHEELS, TYRES, & BRAKES
Steel Cooper ‘S’ wheels measuring 4.5×10 inches and finished in immaculate and correct Old English White are shod in brand new premium Yokohama A008 165/70 R10 tyres. Uprated disc brakes to the front and drums to the rear along with SPAX adjustable shock absorbers and a 2.2 turn quickrack ensure this Mini handles, turns and stops exactly like a rally car should!

HISTORY FILE
Affectionately known as ‘Fred’ in recognition of the FRD number plate prefix, this Morris Mini Minor was first registered on 21st April 1966. The story of the car in its current form began almost 50 years later when the car was purchased by Mrs Lorraine Hampson, a seasoned classic car enthusiast with an impressive stable of British classics. Mrs Hampson’s vision was very focused, she wanted a Mini Cooper replica to a specific standard and with documented spend of £35,340.39 after the purchase of the car, cost was clearly a secondary concern. The history file is colossal with all parts and labour for every aspect of the build, all of which is accompanied and supported with comprehensive photographic evidence. Thorough perusal of the amazing history file which includes the original Morris Mini Minor handbook and supplement will consume many pleasurable hours, but the real fun starts when you see and drive the car!

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Morris Leyland Sherpa 250 Minibus

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A delivery mileage Morris Leyland Sherpa 250 Minibus with 87 miles from new!

EQUIPMENT
Factory built passenger carrying vehicle, nine forward facing trimmed seats, side and rear doors with steps, sliding windows, door mirrors, black coated bumpers, mud flaps, cross-ribbed rear compartment rubber mat, front sun visors, wood veneer fascia, front parcel shelf, speedometer and distance recorder, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, engine preheat and stop lever, two-speed wipers with flick-wipe, two speed heater/demister unit, cab lamp, rear compartment lamp, front and rear ashtrays, warning triangle.

EXTERIOR
This iconic Leyland Sherpa 250 Minibus is a delivery mileage vehicle preserved in totally original condition. Factory-built, this Minibus has covered a genuine 87 miles from new and is finished in factory optional single colour gloss paint in Navy-Blue, (Code JAL). The paintwork is incredible and has been preserved thanks to dry indoor storage away from weather conditions and damaging UV light. Most examples began to rust and had acquired a plethora of bodywork damage within their first year, yet this example boasts perfectly straight panels and no rust whatsoever. Further factory originality is seen in the panel seams, spot welds and genuine ‘Leyland standard’ paint with the occasional run! Close scrutiny reveals nothing more than a small ding to the driver’s door and one to the nearside rear panel. A repair to the drivers step due to jacking error has been professionally carried out. The underside is equally as breath-taking. Thin poorly applied factory underseal remains with areas missed due to poor quality control and full inspection of the box sections and structure will amaze. There are coloured factory paint dabs, PDI markings and even a paper parts label still attached to one rear leaf spring! This is an astonishing vehicle.

INTERIOR
A true time warp interior even down to the nostalgia evoking British Leyland smell! The nine forward facing fully trimmed seats in black vinyl, (Code PMA), are as new having been subjected to just 87 miles of usage, the only imperfection being a small nick to the rear bench seat corner virtually hidden which probably occurred when assembled. The headlining is spotlessly clean and in perfect condition, as are the PVC padded door panels and full-length rubber floor mat. The wood veneer fascia and all switchgear are immaculately preserved. All equipment, interior lamps and dashboard lights and gauges operate. This untouched example boasts further original features such as almost unmarked wheel arch tubs, cab steps with factory information plates and even the original glue to the floor covering which has never been lifted. Tools and warning triangle are present and unused. It is miraculous to find such an amazing unrestored Sherpa interior whereby no amount of money could ever recreate the originality on display here.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Factory fitted with the dieselised version of the BMC B-Series engine, this simple 4-cylinder 1798cc unit develops a wheezy 52bhp and 107Nm of torque. The engine cranks into life after preheat and idles perfectly. The unit pulls strongly and cleanly in all gears and the traditional diesel clatter is simply delightful! The spotless engine bay is untouched even down to the original sound deadening fully intact to the bonnet underside. The inner wings, bulkhead and slam panel are immaculate and factory plates, stickers and stampings remain untouched. Even the mesh sump guard has not been lost or damaged. The four speed all-synchromesh gearbox is surprisingly easy to use and offers crisp and sturdy changes.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The steel wheels wear full cover stainless hub caps in lieu of chrome centre caps and brand-new commercial rated 195 R14C tyres were fitted in 2016 to replace the originals. An unused spare wheel and factory tyre remains in the underhung cradle. Divided hydraulic servo-assisted brakes with 10.87in front discs and 9in rear drums are standard fitment and all braking ancillaries such as the zinc plated front calipers look almost new!

HISTORY FILE
Unique vehicles such as this Leyland Sherpa 250 Minibus often have, as in this case too, an interesting back story. A letter in the history file dated 23rd November 2018 from Nigel Harrison of the Morris Commercial Club confirms that following a vehicle inspection, this Minibus was manufactured in the UK and exported when new to Portugal. Portuguese registration took place on 25th March 1982 using plate number IZ-00-41. A copy of the Passport to Service details the Minibus being first registered to Josefina Rodrigues Viegas Perfinas. It is reported in a magazine article in UK publication, Classic Van and Pick up, that tragic bizarre events befell the first owner following the loss of life to him and his wife prior to collection. Complex Portuguese inheritance laws meant that property of a deceased went to the state after a number of years unless claimed beforehand. A system that allowed claims to be made was in place, however it was a convoluted affair that could, and very often did, take years to resolve. In the meantime the Dealer was under an obligation to keep the vehicle in its current condition unused until the issue was resolved, which did indeed take many years. In fact this Sherpa remained with the dealer in secure dry storage for decades. In 2016 Mr Alan Jeynes of Redcar, Cleveland, saw an advert for the vehicle placed by a classic vehicle Dealer in Santa-Maria de Lamas, he promptly purchased the Minibus blind and arranged transportation 1,500 miles to his home! Full UK registration and recommissioning has taken place and in 2018 the second UK owner purchased the vehicle to join his eclectic collection of classic cars due to Alans poor health. The magazine feature written by Brian Culpan makes the front cover and is titled ‘A most amazing minibus’. He concludes after a three page glowing feature; ‘Having spent several hours closely inspecting this Sherpa, I remain amazed and almost speechless at its original condition’. All handbooks and guides remain in the Leyland document wallet and there is a separate file of Portuguese documentation, the magazine feature and an original ‘Sherpa, Loads Better’ sales brochure. An unmissable opportunity and true museum artifact in every respect.

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Morris Mini Mk1 Cooper S 970cc

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A rare homologation Morris Mini Mk1 Cooper S 970cc with previous FIA Passport.

MODEL HISTORY
The Cooper was introduced as a high performance model in October 1961. The Cooper name came from racing car constructor John Cooper, well respected in tuning the BMC A-series engine. The 970cc Cooper S was the lowest production British-built Cooper S, and was manufactured alongside both the 1071cc and 1275cc Cooper S at the Longbridge plant in the UK. It was produced for a 10 month period and was a special-order homologation derivative produced by BMC to allow the Cooper S to compete in Group 1 racing events. Although the performance of the 970cc Cooper S is inferior to the later 1275cc models, the rarity of this model and its ability to race in the under 1000cc racing class make it very collectable. It is stated that just 963 units were made of which 482 were Morris derivatives. (Source: Factory Orginal Mini Mk1 & Mk2 by James Taylor and the classicregister.com)

EQUIPMENT
Bumper overriders, bright finishing to windscreen and sills, external door hinges and horizontally sliding windows, chromed number plate lamp, double-dip headlamps, hinged rear number plate, opening rear windows, wide door pockets, flashing indicator stalk, fresh air heater, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, door kick protectors, front and rear ashtrays, two crushable sun visors. Accessories; FIA spec arches, 4X Halogen driving lamps, leather bonnet straps, reversing lamp, alloy sump guard, Twin fuel tanks with Monza filler caps, Newton Commercial bucket seats, Safety Devices bolted in cage, fire extinguisher, Smiths revolution gauge, Retrotrip2 tripmeter, Herwins dashboard clock and stopwatch, map reading lamp, leather covered Moto-Lita steering wheel, under bonnet light, Minilite alloy wheels.

EXTERIOR
A rare homologation derivative produced by BMC this example is correct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust production record finished in Tweed Grey with Old English White Roof. Excellent chrome with the grille having the seven chrome-plated angled slats. The front bumper has been replaced and houses four halogen driving lamps and the rear has the correct tubular extensions. The tail light lenses have separate amber and red lens pieces unlike later one piece items and Lucus headlamps are fitted. The original badges are in excellent condition and are correctly fitted. Removable decals are fitted and can be replaced with the new owners name if required. The underside is structurally perfect and very clean but make no mistake, this example has been and can be, driven hard!

INTERIOR
Truly amazing with uprated Newton Commercial bucket seats in the correct colour of Dove Grey/Dark Grey, (the original seats are also included) and fully updated to a ‘works’ spec with rev counter and panel, including passenger retro trip, expensive Herwins stop watches and map lights. The Cumulus Grey carpeting is immaculate and the door panels and roof lining is extremely clean. All gauges function including the 120mph speedometer. Colour coded Safety Devices bolted in cage with removable sections as required by the FIA supplement other period accessories such as the Moto-Lita steering wheel, (original included), and all offer an amazing Mini experience. The boot area very clean fitted with the optional second fuel tank, spare wheel and jack.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This matching numbers vehicle has engine number 9F-SA-X/29746 and works carried out by AMAC Engineering are recorded amounting to £5443 to include items such as; balanced crank assembly, machined pistons, oil cooler, 649 cam with lightened flywheel and rebuilt radiator with high performance core. The quoted 65bhp is pessimistic with this free revving engine. Fitted with a 3-synchro gearbox (synchromesh on gears 2 – 4) the 22G333 unit has been rebuilt and performs very well. The engine bay is very clean for bonnet-up showing and creating a ‘wow’ factor.

WHEELS, TYRES,& BRAKES
A full set of Minilite alloy wheels shod in Falken 165/70 R10 tyres are supplemented by the original pressed 4.5 inch Cooper ‘S’ steel wheels finished in Old English White. Disc brakes to the front and drums to the rear have a vacuum servo assisted brake power booster and bring the car to an assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
This Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1 970cc has traceable history from new with just seven owners in 55 years! Built on the 23rd November 1964 and supplied by Henleys Limited, Derngate, Northampton to Mr Anthony Benns on the 7th January 1965. The original registration number was DXD780C before 36KAA was assigned by the third owner Mr Kevin Anstey in 1979. On his sale in 1992 the original plate was unavailable and the current age related plate has remained assigned. Enthusiast owned throughout this example remains true to the factory build with subtle period modifications carried out by long-term custodian Paul Hindle since 2002 to FIA Class CCT11 Competition Touring Car. The FIA passport has now expired and the car used purely for recreational fun and shows. The current owner since November 2018, Mr Gary Humphris-Day, is downsizing his fabulous Mini collection allowing a lucky new owner to enjoy one of the rarest Mini Coopers ever made.

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Mk1 Morris Mini Van 850

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A fabulous and early Mk1 Morris Mini Van 850 Light Commercial.

EQUIPMENT
One piece pressed metal grille, two rear wide opening doors, twin wing mirrors, roof extraction ventilator, curved safety glass windscreen, draft-free sliding door windows, double dipping headlamps, floor mounted electric push start, washable headlining to cab, large door pockets, cable type door release, full width facia shelf, interior roof light, wiper switch, mixture control.  Factory Options: Passenger seat, recirculatory heater.

EXTERIOR
This smart Light Commercial Vehicle Mini Van is finished in factory correct, Whitehall Beige, the colour it was produced in 1962!  A wonderful uniform finish with a bright shine is a testament to the restoration work carried out in 2011 with documented photographs to prove.  The underside is body colour and is wonderfully clean and easy to inspect to help ensure structure integrity.  The flat roof panel with a single roof vent only fitted until October 1965 before longitudinal stiffening indentations were manufactured is a welcome sign of the originality of this example.  The Body number plate is still attached to the slam panel and matches the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and the correct Mk1 Morris bonnet badge is still fitted.  The twin wing mirrors were standard equipment to meet commercial vehicle regulations and have been upgraded with chrome items and along with the bumpers are in excellent condition.  The correct painted fuel filler cap is a welcome sight so often replaced with a lockable item.  Altogether this is a show stopper.

INTERIOR
Incredibly rare to see the original trim in Tan very well preserved.  The plain pressed cardboard door cards and matching facia do show markings but are not unsightly and the tan seats are in remarkable condition with no tears.  The early type speedometer is in great condition and the red ignition light, orange oil light and blue high beam lights all work.  The directional green indicator light on the end of the stalk also functions along with the optional recirculatory heater!  Tailored fitted black carpeting adds a touch of luxury to a basic interior and the Bakerlite steering wheel is in excellent condition.  An iconic motoring delight in every respect.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The water cooled, overhead-valve four-cylinder engine mounted transversely has a cubic capacity of 848cc and produces 34bhp.  Simple mechanics and instant parts availability allow low cost motoring or even home servicing!  The engine bay is very clean.  The 4-speed gearbox with baulk-ring synchromesh operates well with the original ‘magic wand’ finding gears with ease.  Thoroughly useable, immense fun and a world of difference to todays vehicles!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Pressed steel disc wheels with 4-stud fixing are dressed in classic chrome Mini hubcaps all in excellent condition.  Matching Falken SN-807 tyres measuring 145/80 R10 have been fitted in February 2019.  The spare wheel stowed in a special compartment between the vehicle floor and load space is present.  Braking to all four wheels is hydraulically operated by a pendant pedal with two leading shoes at the front, basic and short of modern standards.

HISTORY FILE
This Mini 850 Van has a certified copy of the factory record from The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirming a build date of the 21st November 1962 for the home market and was subsequently registered on the 3rd January 1963 by Meredith & Kirkham Limited.  Still in the correct Whitehall Beige and Tan interior this commercial has led a privileged existence and remains one of the few survivors.  Just three former keepers are recorded with the last, Mr Coe, owning the car since 2011.  His collection solely consists of classic Minis with a total of six consisting of three commercials, two Coopers and a delivery mileage Mini Ritz.  Photographs in the history file help substantiate the works carried out and why this desirable and rare Mini Van presents so well today.  On the 24th August 2011 the British Mini Club issued a Valuation Certificate for £11,500 with the following comment ‘A well looked after rare Mini Van.  Maybe worthy more with good concours results’

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Mk1 Morris Mini Moke

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A rare matching numbers British built Mk1 Morris Mini Moke in spectacular condition.

MODEL HISTORY
The British military, initially the Royal Marines were looking for a lightweight air-portable vehicle and the British Motor Corporation (BMC) devised the Mini Moke based on the underpinnings of Sir Alec Issigonis Mini design.  Prototypes were running by 1959 but feedback from military tests was lukewarm and despite revisions sales ended in 1963 mainly due to poor ground clearance and being under powered.  To recoup development costs the vehicle was turned into a civilian runabout with both Austin and Morris badges.  Production began in December 1963 at the Longbridge plant with most Mokes being exported to warmer climates and ceased in 1968.  Later Australian and Portuguese Mini Mokes were made until 1993 but it is the British built Mokes that are the most collectable.

EQUIPMENT
External bonnet catches, louvered cooling panel, folding removable front screen, tubular front and rear bumpers, rear mounted spare wheel, folding soft top, single windscreen wiper, stalk tell-tale indicator lamp, mixture control, ignition, high-beam and low oil pressure lights, single wiper, foot operated dip switch, horn, speedometer  Factory Options; Sump protector, rear grab handles, passenger seat, rear seats.

EXTERIOR
Available in just one colour, Spruce Green, (Code GN13), this remarkable Mk1 Mini Moke is true to the original design having never been restored.  The pressed steel unitary construction allows easy viewing and purists will be amazed at all the factory spot welds and perfect panel overlays.  The strong tubular bumpers are unmarked with endcaps still attached and have been painted along with the body.  The detachable hinged bonnet and fold down windscreen are great Moke features along with the folding fabric covered roof.  Lucas headlamps with chromed headlamp bezels have a mirror finish and the correct Lucas L632 combined sidelamp and turn indicator, Lucas rear lights, Lucas reflectors and number plate illumination are all factory specification.   The correct body colour large knurled filler cap remains in place along with the rare factory optional sump protector.  One of the most fascinating Mini incarnations are extremely rare in this condition.

INTERIOR
Sparse, exposed and immense fun are terms that best describe a Moke interior!  Simplicity in all aspects treat the driver to basic controls familiar to most Mini owners with fresh air aplenty!  All the instruments, switches and warning lights function.  This example is fitted with the optional passenger and rear seats all with pristine linked cushions and securing tabs.  Optional rear grab handles are also fitted and the folding hood is in prime condition.  Wonderfully quirky.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
All the Longbridge built Mokes had the 848cc engine and incredibly this example is still fitted with the original factory supplied unit and is therefore a desirable matching numbers vehicle.  The beautifully clean engine bay is a show piece and originality seekers will be delighted to see items like the Coventry stamped radiator, Morris Motors car plate on the radiator cowling and Commission Number plate on the opposite side.  These identification tags are originals and not replicas.  The early Mini gearbox with no synchromesh on first gear and identified by a U in the engine number prefix is light, precise and an absolute joy to use.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Pressed steel disc wheels finished in Old English White with 4-stud fixing are dressed in small chrome Mini hubcaps all in excellent condition.  Expensive brand new Dunlop SP Aquajet 145 SR10 tyres have been fitted including one to the rear mounted spare. Braking to all four wheels is hydraulically operated by a pendant pedal with two leading shoes at the front and Cooper S drums with built-in spacers to the rear.  All factory correct and in optimal working condition.

HISTORY FILE
This matching numbers British built Mk1 Morris Mini Moke was produced on the 25th February 1966 and despatched to Italy on the 16th March 1966.  The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate confirms the chassis number, engine number and body number all match, a most unusual and highly sought after aspect in such a car.  The vehicle was discovered by Saverio Fasulo, (the father of KGF Classic Cars company Director, Karl Fasulo), while holidaying in the Puglia region of Italy.  Being a car fanatic himself he heard of a small collection of cars with a wealthy individual in a small and idyllic village called Bovino.  The virtually untouched vehicle was residing with only this second owner from new, Mr Mario Buonassisi, who, after some persuasion agreed to sell it to Mr Fasulo.  On arrival to the UK Mr Fasulo has cherished this rare icon while reminiscing serving his Apprenticeship with BMC and refreshing the car in all areas!

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Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

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A Morris Minor 1000 De Luxe Charles Ware Convertible with just 3,473 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Mono-construction body, full width one-piece bumpers front and rear, bumper over-riders  Triplex safety glass all round, one piece curved windscreen, hinged ventilator panels in front doors, door locks with flush fitting pull-out type handles, fresh air intake heater, driver and passenger crushable sun visors, Leathercloth upholstery, pile carpets, front and rear ashtrays, safety driving mirror, glovebox, full width parcel tray, windscreen washers, speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure warning light, dirty oil filter warning light, Windtone horn.  Dealer options; Petrol locking cap, wheel discs.  Accessories; Boot luggage rack, front seat-belts.

EXTERIOR
This beautiful Morris Mini Minor is finished in traditional period Smoke Grey and boasts a wonderful deep shine to the quality finish.  This example is structurally and cosmetically superb owing to the exceptionally low mileage of 3,473 miles and having been subject to a recent professional refurbishment at a Morris Minor specialist.  The chromework to the original bumpers has become slightly thin and light pitting can be seen on the rear light shrouds.  All remaining chrome pieces and trim are excellent including the original overriders, unique to the Deluxe model.  The glass, rubbers and lenses are all intact and present very well, as do the correct Minor 1000 badges fitted to the boot lid and front wings.  A brand new hood in cream with matching tonneau was fitted in 2013 and remains as new.  A charming and exceptional example of this quintessentially English countryside tourer.

INTERIOR
The original Leathercloth upholstery trim in Blue Grey is a fantastic compliment to the exterior colour scheme and has a lovely sense of basic no frills motoring, long since forgotten in today’s modern equivalents!  Incredibly, the factory coverings to the seats and matching door cards are commensurate with the mileage and have been preserved with only very minor age related creasing.  A tiny inch long slit to the lower driver’s door card is just visible.  The expensive and correct blue replacement carpeting is pristine.  The 16½ inch Bakerlite steering wheel with Morris badge is completely intact and shows slight natural aging.  The large instrument nacelle housing all the warning lights and gauges functions perfectly as do the pull switches exactly as Morris intended.  An iconic motoring delight, perfect for whimsical open top drives.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The water cooled, overhead-valve four-cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 1098cc and produces 48bhp at 5100rpm.  The engine starts instantly at the flick of the key and is whisper quiet.  The engine bay is a delight with original plates and badges remaining, and the green A-Series engine block is the correct British Standard (381c) 223 Middle Bronze Green.  The 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears operates well.  Thoroughly useable and ready for classic motoring enjoyment!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Disc-type steel wheels with optional chrome disc embellishers are beautifully painted in correct Old English White.  Five radial Firestone F-560 tyres of 145 R14 size are fitted and the spare is housed in the lower boot floor alongside the original red jack and wheel brace.  Braking to all four wheels is hydraulically operated by a pendant pedal with front 8in and rear 7in drums, basic but effective.

HISTORY FILE
This wonderful example was registered new on 25th July 1968 as a Morris Minor 1000 Saloon to first owner, Miss Eileen Haydon, who kept the car for a remarkable 44 years until 2012!  After only minimal dry usage, the car was garage stored when Miss Haydon ceased driving due to advancing years despite having motability aids fitted whereby it remained for some years, and the read mileage of just 3,473 has been confirmed by the family to be correct.  During this time, the garage roof partially collapsed resulting in cosmetic damage to the cars roof.  In February 2012, neighbour Mr Al Rodens purchased the car and embarked upon a process on recommissioning the Morris and bringing it into working order.  Later that year, the third and last registered owner, Mr Mick Apps, purchased the car and commissioned renowned and established specialists, Charles Ware’s Morris Minor Centre, to professionally convert the car to a convertible.  This was undertaken in 2013 with invoices in the history file from them totalling thousands.

Completing the superb history file is an original workshop manual, driver’s handbook and sales brochure.  This beautiful car is the epitome of British summer classic motoring and will stand up to scrutiny and delight any traditional classic enthusiast.

Tax Exempt, HPI Clear.

Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

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A genuine factory built Morris Minor 1000 Convertible, last owner 44 years!

EQUIPMENT
Mono-construction body, full width one-piece bumpers front and rear, Triplex safety glass all round, quarter lights, one piece curved windscreen, door locks with flush fitting pull-out type handles, fresh air intake heater, driver’s crushable sun visor, pile carpets, ashtray, safety driving mirror, twin glovebox, full width parcel tray, windscreen washers, speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure warning light, indicator stalk flasher, Windtone horn.  Dealer options; Bumper over riders, wheel discs.

EXTERIOR
This beautiful Morris Mini Minor, a genuine factory built Convertible with correct ‘MAT’ prefix identification number and finished in the original colour of Pearl Grey.  The paintwork boasts a lovely uniform polished shine and pleasing finish with only minor blemishes and markings visible.  A light application only of underside treatment allows easy inspection of the excellent structural integrity.  The extensive chromework has a mirror finish and all further trims sections and rubbers are superb.  The Factory Triplex safety glass is still fitted.  The hood in Maroon with matching tonneau is in fabulous condition.  A new tonneau is also included.  A charming example of this quintessentially English countryside open tourer.

INTERIOR
The upholstery trim in the correct Red is a wonderful compliment to the exterior colour scheme and has a lovely sense of basic no frills motoring, a bygone notion in today’s modern equivalents!  The matching door cards and carpeting are in superb order.  Original fitments such as the three spoke 16½ inch Bakerlite steering wheel with Morris badged horn push and correct bronze three lamp speedometer are completely intact.  The instrument warning lights and gauges function perfectly, and the original pull switches are fully operational and exactly as Morris intended.  An iconic motoring delight, perfect for whimsical open top drives.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This matching numbers example still has the factory fitted A-Series four-cylinder engine with a cubic capacity of 948cc and 37bhp at 4750rpm.  The engine fires instantly on the starter pull and has that delightful Morris Minor hum!  The engine number tag and factory plates remain fitted and easily legible to allow instant verification, as does the A-Series engine block which is the correct British Standard (381c) 223 Middle Bronze Green.  The 4-speed gearbox has no synchromesh on first and reverse gears, as per factory fitment, so steady progress and familiarisation will be necessary.  Thoroughly useable and ready for reliable classic motoring enjoyment!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Disc-type steel wheels with optional chrome disc embellishers are beautifully finished in correct Pearl Grey.  Brand new quality tyres of 155/80 R14 size have just been fitted and the spare is housed in the lower boot floor, still believed to be the original Avon cross ply item!  Braking to all four wheels is hydraulically operated by a pendant pedal with front 8in and rear 7in drums, all recently stripped and overhauled to provide safe and steady braking.

HISTORY FILE
This wonderful example was registered new on 30th May 1959 as a Morris Minor 1000 Convertible, as confirmed not only by the chassis number but also the original green buff log book which is still within the history file!  The previous keeper, Mrs Joan Rorison, is noted on the buff log book as purchasing the vehicle in 1971 and it has remained in her care ever since.  The brilliant history file holds a comprehensive collection of documents including MOT certificates dating back to 1972 along with many invoices and receipts.  A documented full restoration carried out in 2000 by Bob Atkins’ Morris Minor Services outlines the extensive work undertaken at considerable cost.  The no expense spared work was embarked on to bring the car back to its former glory for their Daughter’s wedding, just as it had been used for their wedding in 1971!  Garage stored since the wedding, the car has been fully recommissioned and is ready for the next lucky custodian.

This beautiful car is the epitome of British summer classic motoring, ready to use and sure delight any traditional classic enthusiast.

Tax Exempt, HPI Clear.