Lot 255 - 1968 13000 Minor Police car
|Odometer reading||63,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
The Morris Minor was a British economy car that debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20th September, 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, over 1.3 million examples were manufactured up to 1971. Initially available as a two door saloon and convertible, the range was subsequently expanded to include a four door saloon in 1950 and wood-framed estate, The Traveller, plus the panel van and pick-up truck variants in 1952.
Bought by Wandsworth Council for use as a Police Sergeant's car, this 1968 Morris Minor in Police Bermuda Blue and white with contrasting red interior trim has had an interesting and colourful life in the hands of the Metropolitan Police. Back in 1969 it was used by Sergeants as a commute rather than pursuit car and described by one retired officer as the only car in the force that, conveniently, you could leave your police helmet on.
When the car had been phased out and replaced by the Morris 110 and Austin Allegro's, Putney and Wandsworth Council decided to use the car as a crime prevention vehicle with some success. Throughout the 1990's, this car was taken to Police Shows, crime prevention visits with local schools and communities and has even starred in its own published children's book series 'Milly and Billy'. The little Morris Minor 'Millie' was the good police car that often helped its friend Billy the Jaguar. The vendor has included one of the books with the car along with many documents inviting and thanking the previous owners for their time at the crime prevention shows.
This great piece of Police history is often used for film work and private hire and is backed up with a Heritage Certificate and many testimonies as to its use. Together with the original workshop manual, 'Millie' is sure to be in high demand for years to come.
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