Lot 412 - 1968 Morris Minor 1000 Police Car
|Odometer reading||86,953 miles|
|Estimate||£4,500 - £5,750|
|Result||Sold - £5,040|
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 from 1948-1971. 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. The Traveller featured an external structural ash frame for the rear bodywork, with two side-hinged rear doors. The frame was varnished rather than painted and became a highly visible feature of the body style. Other changes included a modified dashboard layout with toggle switches, textured steel instrument binnacle and larger convex glove box covers. A different heater completed the interior upgrade whilst the larger, more modern combined front side/indicator light units, common to many BMC vehicles of the time, were fitted to the front wings. During the life of the Minor 1000 model, production declined; the last Convertible was manufactured on 18th August 1969, with the saloon line being discontinued the following year.
Originally registered on 3rd April 1968 to the Metropolitan Police, this Morris Minor 1000 is not only distinctive because of the livery, it is in exceptional condition. When sold by the Police in 1972, the Morris was purchased by Mr. R Copley of Godalming. In 1989, the current registered keeper, Mr. B. Stevens, also of Godalming purchased the car and has enjoyed owning her for the last 25 years. A restoration project was carried out in 1991 and the 'Police car' presents in excellent condition today. The 1098cc engine starts immediately and runs very smoothly, we are advised she drives well. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history file, this is a Morris Minor that will create interest wherever she appears for more reasons than one!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.