Lot 322 - 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Police Panda Car

Lot 322 - 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Police Panda Car

Lot 322 - 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Police Panda Car

Lot Number 322
Registration WGJ555G
Chassis Number 1230400M
Engine Number 334259
Odometer reading 31,619 miles
Estimate £2,500 - £4,000
Result Sold - £2,016

The Minor was first launched as either a 2 door saloon or a very stylish convertible on the 20th September 1948 and was initially powered by a 918cc side valve engine. The merger of Austin and Morris in 1952 (to form the British Motor Corporation), meant the Minor Series II of that year was fitted with the 803cc Austin A series engine. The Traveller debuted in 1953 together with the van and the pick-up and the split Vee-Windshield was replaced by a single piece screen in late 1954. However, the major change in the Minors history was the new 948cc engine for the Morris Minor 1000 for 1956. As a general purpose Police car, the Minor had its following - Stockport Constabulary was using 2-door Minor saloons finished in a rather striking Chevron livery between 1962 and 1964 - but it was the arrival of the Unit Beat Panda Car in 1965 that established the Minor's iconic image as one of Britain's definitive Panda cars. The thinking being the panda car was that the "bobby on the beat" could more effectively patrol larger suburban or rural areas as opposed to foot patrols - and would be readily accessible via the panda car's two-way radio. In the period between 1965 and 1969, various cars from the Mini, the Austin A40 'Farina', the Morris 1100 and the Triumph Herald to the Anglia 105E, the Hillman Imp and the Vauxhall Viva (not to mention the Ford Zephyr 4 Mk. III) was used for Unit Beat work but it was the Minor that became the Panda Car of choice for forces across the UK.

This 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Police Car is believed by the vendor  to have been supplied new to the Police for use as a 'Panda Car' being painted in the current colour scheme of blue and white and the zip in the headlining to have access to the radio aerial on the roof.  In recent years this Morris Minor 1000 has been owned by a company specialising in renting vehicles for film and TV productions' and therefore has been fully maintained and serviced to a high standard as reliability was essential for the filming schedules. This Police Car is supplied with a V5C registration document and MoT test certificate which expires in April 2015. This Morris Minor 1000 has featured in a number of films and TV programs and most recently in the TV police detective series 'Endeavour' set in the 1960's, the pre-sequel to Morse showing the detectives early years in and around Oxford.

 

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.

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