Lot 323 - 1953 Morris Minor Four- Door Saloon

Lot 323 - 1953 Morris Minor Four- Door Saloon

Lot 323 - 1953 Morris Minor Four- Door Saloon

Lot Number 323
Registration GFK 998
Chassis Number FAA11/199529
Engine Number APHM21299
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £3,024

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 with export around the world. Production continued in Birmingham until 1972 with the last Morris Minor (commercial) being assembled at Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand in 1974. Although the Minor was originally designed to accept a flat-four 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 series II Morris Minor four-door Saloon is a matching numbers car in very original condition throughout. Reported by the vendor to be in good running order, the car is finished in its original black with red interior. This Morris Minor is supplied with a V5C registration document, original driver's handbook and a file containing old MoT test certificate which show very little use in the 1990's and 2000's and a large number of invoices 2010/11 for parts to recommission the car and put it back onto the road. A classic example of this iconic piece of British motoring history which requires cosmetic restoration and is being offered at no reserve.

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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