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Lot '81: Morris Minor

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (23 June 2010)

Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor went on to become one of the most successful British cars of all time with over 1,000,000 units sold by 1961 and production continuing right up until 1971. It was conceived as a vehicle to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a decent motor car at a price affordable to the working man. Equipped with the independent torsion bar front suspension, all round drum brakes and rack and pinion steering, the Minor 1000 was powered by a 948cc A-Series engine producing 37bhp and good for a top speed of 72mph. Compared with competitor products throughout the 1950s, it excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering/handling characteristics which continue to delight driving enthusiasts to this day.

Dating from October 1961, this four-door Minor 1000 has been in the current ownership since 1999. In good condition all round, it was substantially restored in 1998/99 and fitted with improved servo brakes plus uprated electrics and lighting. Said to run and drive well, it has an MOT until May 2011.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number'81
Estimate£2500-£3000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating0
Registration numberLFO 776
Mileage-
Chassis numberM/A53-934497
Engine number569938
Engine capacity (cc)948
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors