Lot 032: Morris Minor Pick-up
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. 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.
The Minor came in several variants including two and four-door saloons, a wood-framed Traveller estate, an open tourer and a pick-up. All models were gradually but subtly improved over time, gaining a one-piece windscreen, better heating and an engine that grew from a 27bhp 918cc sidevalve unit to a 1098cc ohv unit that produced 47bhp and could propel the car to a top speed of 77mph.
First registered in December 1968, this rare pick-up version is believed to have spent its first few years as a farm vehicle in Cambridgeshire before being put into storage in the late 1970s. Put back on the road in 1985, it was treated to a degree of restoration in the early 1990s when it was also extensively waxoiled and it remains in good, sound condition today. Although briefly registered HEW 836F, it has now regained its original number plates, JVE 917, as DVLA correspondence on file records.
Currently taxed and with an MOT until March 2012, it is said to drive very well and is fitted with a good quality canvas hood. It also still has the original chassis plate pop-riveted to the passenger door and the remnants of the original running-in sticker on the windscreen. Altogether a good honest example with many years of useful life left ahead of it.
Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Registration number||JVE 917F|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1098|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|