1970 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller
Interior: Blue vinyl
Power: 48 bhp
ABOUT THIS CAR
This particular car has undergone a full bare metal nut and bolt restoration to the very highest standard. Every item has been meticulously refinished or replaced and the car drives exceptionally.
The interior has been specified in a glorious dark and light blue contrasting vinyl, fresh carpet and complimentary picnic basket.
With an extremely low 11,000 miles, this Traveller represents an exceptional opportunity to obtain one of the finest examples in the country.
ABOUT THE MORRIS MINOR
The Morris Minor was designed by Alec Issigonis and was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in September 1948. More than 1.3 million Morris Minors were produced between 1948 and 1972. Initially only two models were available, a 2-door saloon and a convertible, known as a ‘tourer’. The minor was a relatively roomy car with excellent handling and cornering and within the means of the working man.
This iconic British car was manufactured in three series, the original car, the MM, was produced from 1948 until 1953 as a 2-door saloon, a 2-door convertible and from 1950, as a 4-door saloon. At some point, close to the model’s launch, Issigonis decided that the car looked too narrow and had a pre-production model cut in half from front to back, and moved apart until the shape looked aesthetically pleasing. This meant the car needed to be 4 inch wider and so a fillet strip was added to the centre which remained visible on the bonnet right until production ended.
Early cars had the headlamps set into the grill, which didn’t meet safety requirements for export to The United States and so when exports began in 1949, the headlamps were mounted higher on the wings. This became the standard position for all Minors in 1951. The car was powered by a 918cc Morris sidevalve engine.
In 1952 the Series II was introduced with an updates 803cc Austin designed A-series engine. An estate version, the ‘Traveller’ was introduced along with van and pick up models. The traveller featured an external varnished ash wood frame, which was structural, giving the car its iconic appearance. In 1954 the grill and dashboard were redesigned.
The Morris Minor 1000 was a 1956 update with the engine capacity increased to 948cc. The two-piece split windscreen was replaced by a modern curved one-piece unit and the rear window was enlarged to increase visibility. In 1961 the semaphore style trafficators were replaced by flashing directional indicators.
In 1961 the Morris Minor became the first British car to sell more than a million and this was celebrated with a limited run of 350 two-door saloons in distinctive lilac paintwork and a white interior. The badge was modified to read Minor 1000000 instead of Minor 1000.
A final update took place in 1962 giving the car a 1098cc engine along with other minor changes.