Lot 138 - 1969 Morris Mini Traveller 'Woody'
|Odometer reading||68,030 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
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 a De Luxe trim level which included a recirculating heater, bumper overriders, 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 single family ownership from new and in 2014 was subject to a full body restoration by renowned Mini specialists, Super Mini Ltd. of Weybridge, which included powder coating the sub frames. It is important to note that this example has all its original wood and is one of only 17 automatic examples thought to be left in existence. Offered in splendid deep red with matching interior, this example has recently been on display with a modern Mini dealership in Guildford and is including an MoT test certificate until January 2018. Offered in pristine condition, this rare car 1000cc Traveller is a treat for all Mini enthusiasts.
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