Lot 251 - 1969 Morris Mini Traveller
|Odometer reading||35,351 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,504|
The first Morris Mini Traveller was built on 29th March 1960 but not despatched until 27th July 1960 to Welder Ltd. Unlike Morris Mini saloons, which came out of the Cowley plant, all Travellers were built at Longbridge. The first cars were available in the same paint colours as the Mini Saloons of the time. The interior also matched that of the saloon with a white speedometer housed in a single round cowling and two-tone seats. Costing £623, the estates were available only in the De Luxe trim level which included a recirculating heater, bumper over-riders, silver insert round the screen and chrome sill edging, filler cap and wheel trims. Two wing mirrors were fitted as standard, since this was a legal requirement at the time for estate cars, but a rear view mirror was an optional extra, as were seatbelts!
The rear floor pressing of the early estates resembled that of
an extended saloon with the battery being retained in its
traditional Mini location in the boot. One of the most interesting
things about the very early Traveller and Countryman cars was the
internal fuel tank. It was positioned on the lefthand side in the
rear of the car and was trimmed to match the boot. These
so-called internal tank cars are easily recognisable by the filler
cap being just underneath the rear window on the lefthand side of
the car. Production of the internal tank cars was so limited that
these have become the most sought after of all Mini estates.
This 'Woody' has had only two owners from new having been dry garage stored for the past 18 years. It was purchased by the current owner just over a year ago with the intention of undertaking a full restoration. Wood & Pickett have carried out a re-commissioning of this very original Mini, including a full one year MoT test certificate, ready for its new owner to carry out works to bring this fine car back to pristine condition.