Lot 250 - 1950 Morris Minor Lowlight Convertible
|Odometer reading||74,900 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
Sir Alec Issigonis' concept was to combine the luxury and convenience of a good motor car at a price affordable by the working classes. The Minor was a roomy vehicle with superior cornering and handling characteristics. The Minor prototype had been known as the Morris Mosquito. More than 1.3 million of the lightweight, rear-wheel drive cars were eventually produced, mainly in Cowley, Oxfordshire, becoming Britain's first car to sell a million units and was exported around the world. Production continued in Birmingham until 1972 with the last Morris Minor (commercial) was assembled at Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand in 1974. The front torsion bar suspension was shared with the larger Morris Oxford as was the almost-unibody construction. Although the Minor was originally designed to accept a flat-4 engine with four distinctive gaps in the engine bay to accommodate it, late in the development stage it was replaced by a 918cc side-valve inline-four engine, pretty much unchanged from the outgoing Morris 8 and producing 27.5hp and 39lbf ft of torque. This little engine pushed the Minor to just 64mph but delivered 40 miles per imperial gallon.
This stunning Morris Minor Lowlight Convertible has been the subject to a complete ground up restoration being professionally converted to a tourer in 2010 using parts from a derelict, original convertible. The restoration has included a full rebuild of all the mechanics including the engine, new brakes throughout and new chrome work. This matching number Morris Minor is finished in mist green with new beige interior, matching new mohair hood and removable side screens. It is supplied with a V5C registration document and is in showroom condition.
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