Lot 136 - 1958 Morris 1000
|Odometer reading||54,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,704|
The Morris Minor debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20th September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, over 1.6 million examples were manufactured from 1948-1972. The Minor was manufactured in three series; Series I, Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series, such as the car offered today. These 1000 series cars benefitted from an engine increase in capacity to 948cc and can be differentiated from earlier examples of the marque by their curved, one-piece windscreen which replaced the statement two-piece split-screen and an enlarged rear window. This particular example also benefits from a new dashboard layout, including such luxuries as a lidded glove-box on both driver and passenger sides.
This excellent, four door, 1958 example has mostly been under one family ownership from new, only being passed within the family to the son in 1970 who later decided to dismantle the car. Acquired by the vendor approximately three years ago, he set about a ground-up rebuild and upgrade. After completely restoring the bodywork, he subsequently set about rebuilding the mechanics, including restoration and lowering of the suspension, new brakes all round and checking and rebuilding of the gearbox and rear axle. When he came to the engine, it was found to be unserviceable, so he purchased a new MG 1250cc Sprite engine and fitted it alongside a big valve cylinder head and twin SU carburettors. To complete the upgrade, the Minor has been fitted with an oil cooler, large coolant radiator, fans and Minilite wheels. This 'Fast Road' Morris Minor 1000 is finished in black with the original red leather interior - although currently red and black seat covers are being used - and is supplied with various documentation such as a V5C registration, the original 'buff' log book detailing the original owners and a record of the restoration including photographic evidence as well as an array of invoices for parts used. A classic Morris Minor which has been restored with modern roads in mind.
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.