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Morris Minor: Buying guide and review (1948-1971)

Morris Minor: Buying guide and review (1948-1971) Classic and Performance Car
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The Morris Minor made its debut way back in 1948, yet there’s no sign of its appeal diminishing. If anything, its popularity grows ever stronger. A combination of practicality, charm, usability and affordability all conspire to ensure the Minor is near the top of many classic buyers’ wish lists – throw in superb club and specialist support, and it’s easy to see the Minor’s enduring appeal. 
 
Whether you’re a long-standing classic owner or you’re looking for your first golden oldie, few cars fit the bill better than a Minor. Full of charm, universally recognised and admired, plus easy to upgrade for everyday use, this is one of the most practical cars ever created. 
 
However, despite a cult following, the Minor remains eminently affordable – if you’re already tempted, there really is no good reason to put off buying one. If you’re after something to punt down a country lane at high-speed, then you’d be better off looking at a classic Mini Cooper, but for a bit of fun and usable cruising around time, then the Minor is almost unbeatable. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
Side-valve Minors are rare and they’re hard-going too, thanks to the lack of power. For some though, seeking out an early car represents something more of a challenge, especially where finding parts and restoration is concerned. As the rarest and oldest examples of this iconic classic, the ‘low light’ cars are also the most valuable. 
 
The 803cc A-Series unit fitted from 1952 to 1956 is also breathless, but it’s unusual to find a totally original car of this age anyway. The nicest engine is the 948cc A-series fitted from 1956 to 1962; it’s less powerful than the later 1098cc edition, but it’s sweeter. However, the 1098cc edition is the most usable, as it’s the most powerful so most easily able to keep up with modern traffic. However, the earlier cars with their split windscreens have more charm and are more sought after – so they’re more valuable than later cars. 
 
Establishing which bodystyle you want is probably easy; the Traveller is a capacious estate, while the Tourer is a fabulous convertible – even the saloon is full of charm. Many Tourers started out as two-door saloons and while properly converted cars are perfectly safe, some are complete death traps. The main thing is to be sure of what you’re buying, as some are passed off as genuine when they’re not.
 
Looking for some extra power? The 1275cc A-Series engine is the most common, and in-keeping upgrade. While A-series upgrades are generally the most popular way of freeing up extra power today, transplanting a Rover K-Series was for a time extremely popular. This very modern engine requires quite a lot of work to install, as well as suspension and brake upgrades to keep everything under control, but if you are interested in building a mildly hot-rodded Minor, then this is perhaps the easiest and cheapest route. Fiat Twin-Cam conversions used to be quite common as well, although kits are no longer available and engines are more difficult to source. 
 
Other upgrades worth seeking out include a Ford Sierra five-speed gearbox which is much stronger than the original, while telescopic dampers at the front are worth having too, along with a front anti-roll bar, which transforms the handling. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Minor 1000 (1962-1971)
Engine 1098cc, four-cylinder 
Power 48bhp @ 5100rpm
Torque 60lb ft @ 2500rpm
Top speed 73mph
0-50mph 16.3sec
Fuel consumption 32mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2184mm
Length 3760mm
Width 1549mm
Height 1524mm
Kerb weight 762kg
 
Common problems
 
• A Minor’s value is in its bodyshell, but things can look fine when the car is barely roadworthy. Corrosion usually starts on the inside and eats its way out, so any signs of bubbling could be potentially disastrous. All panels are available to repair the most rotten of bodyshells – but if much work is needed, doing so won’t be economically viable. 
 
• Rust traps include rear spring hangers which are a pain to fix. The underside can rot badly along with the sills and door bottoms. 
 
• If you’re looking at a Traveller, make sure the wood isn’t rotten, as it’s structural. If there’s any significant rot present, the whole lot will need to be replaced and the job can’t be tackled in sections. 
 
• Blue exhaust smoke and an illuminated oil pressure warning light signify an A-Series engine needs a bottom-end rebuild. There will also be plenty of knocking from the bottom end, especially when the engine is started up, but rebuilds are easy and relatively cheap to undertake. 
 
• The gearbox is the Achilles’ heel, with parts supply poor for all cars other than the 1098c edition; split-screen parts are especially rare. No Minor got synchro on first, but there shouldn’t be any jumping out of gear, whining or rumbling; any of these mean a rebuilt transmission will be needed soon. 
 
• Gearbox parts for 1098cc cars are plentiful, which is why some owners simply fit a later box to their early car. An MG Midget gearbox is the same as the Minor’s. 
 
• The rest of the transmission usually gives few problems, although the clutch has a finite lifespan. Check for slipping; a three-piece kit is cheap and DIY fitting is easy. 
 
• The primitive front suspension needs fresh grease every 3000 miles, or the kingpins wear out. The rear suspension is even more archaic; check for leaking lever arm dampers, although many cars have been converted to telescopic dampers by now. 
 
Model history
 
1948: Minor MM debuts at the Earls Court motor show, with low-set headlights and 918cc sidevalve power.
1949: Headlamps moved to top of front wings, initially for the North American market only. 
1950: Four-door saloon is introduced, for export markets only. 
1952: Series II cars arrive, with 803cc power; it’s a result of BMC being formed from Morris and Austin merging.
1953: MM production ends, then a van and pick-up appear, along with the Traveller. 
1954: Series II gets a facelift, with revised dash plus a new grille and lights. 
1956: The Morris 1000 replaces the series II. There’s now a 948cc engine, revised rear wings and a one-piece windscreen.
1961: Just 350 Minor Millions are built, to celebrate the millionth Minor leaving the factory.
1962: A 1098cc engine supersedes the 948cc unit.
1963: There are fresh front and rear lights.
1964: All Minors get better seats and heating plus a revised dash.
1969: The final Tourer is made.
1970: The saloon bows out.
1971: The last Traveller, van and pick-up are built.
1974: Production of the Minor ends in New Zealand. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.mmoc.org.uk
• www.minormania.com
• www.morrisminor.com
• www.beardmorebros.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
If you’re not worried about originality, and just want something fun to pootle around in, then you won’t struggle to find a suitable Minor for sensible money. £1650 is the entry point for a rough but road-going Minor 1000, with a great example coming in at around £6000. Traveller and Convertible prices are around 50 per cent extra. Series 2 models are marginally cheaper, but prices generally depend more on condition than anything else. 
 
There are many arguments for originality vs usability, but the good news is there are plenty of cars to choose from, from completely authentic cars without so much as electronic ignition, right through to V8-powered hot rods. It all depends on what you’re after. There’s also a huge number of specialists offering parts to help keep cars on the road, and improve usability along the way.
 
The most valuable models are the earliest Minor Series MM cars. The so-called low-light examples – compete with headlights mounted in the grille – have been known to sell for more than £10,000 in perfect condition. 
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Last updated: 27th Jul 2016
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  • Morris Minor pre-1970

    £950 £950

    Tax exempt. 4 door. Red Interior.  Same owner since 1982

    • Engine size: 1098
    For sale
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  • Morris 1000

    £7,499 £7,499

    This beautiful clic car has been well looked after. Excellent condition inside and out. Runs very well. Tax exempt.

    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 1098
    For sale
  • Morris Minor pre-1970

    £3,000 £3,000

    Morris Minor 1956 948cc 4 door saloon only 4 former keepers 71000 miles from new.Mot/Tax exempt.£3000 NO OFFERS 07957 575 575 .Surrey area .

    • Mileage: 71000 mi
    • Engine size: 948
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000

    POA POA

    - Offered from a deceased estate and in need of restoration - Current family ownership since 1980 and offered with replacement seat covers - Offered with a collection of invoices, old MOT certificates and maintenance manual

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
  • Morris - 1967 Minor Van 1.1

    £14,999 £14,999

    Opening Hours Monday 9am-5pm Tuesday 9am-5pm Wednesday 9am-5pm Thursday 9am-5pm Friday 9am-5pm Saturday By appointment Sunday By appointment Appointments can also be made outside normal business hours. We are delighted to offer this Minor Van, in excellent condition. Finished in Black with a Black interior, having covered/showing just 28000 miles and having just three owners since February 1977 this 50 year old van is in amazing condition. Like all these classic cars history is always difficult to find, however we have an MOT from 1987 stating the mileage at 25572 and the fact that the registration document states just three owners from 1976 and the overall condition we think that is a great opportunity for an investment for the future. For further information please do hesitate to contact us, by email at sales@karden.co.uk or by telephone on 01732 883113

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    For sale
  • MORRIS MINOR Traveller 1968

    £7,995 £7,995

    1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller 1098cc. Cumberland Green With green upholstery. A very smart Traveller that has been well cared for over the years, the wood frame is still in very good condition and the interior free from any rips and tears. The paintwork still displays a good sheen and the chrome free from pitting. The Morris starts on the button and drives just as it should with a strong engine and smooth gearbox and a servo has been fitted to the braking system. There is a history folder of bills, invoices and old MOT certificates back to 1988 which looks to back up the mileage at just 80,000. The car has an MOT with no advisories but we will apply a fresh Mot upon sale. You will not be disappointed with this wonderful classic and viewing is highly recommended. This is a vehicle that any enthusiast would be very proud to own. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Please contact us for any further information. Delivery can be arranged.

    • Mileage: 80000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.098
    For sale
  • Morris Minor series I 2-seat tourer

    POA POA

    This pretty little 2 seat motor car is fitted with correct 847cc side valve engine. Restored to a high standard in the early 2000's. Full weather equipment, plus genuine period extras (trafficators, electric wiper, chrome radiator). Original registration number and with old buff log book.

    For sale
  • Morris Minor Tourer 1000 Cabriolet 1964

    €12,950(£11,546.22) €12,950(£11,546.22)

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Morris Minor Tourer 1000 cabriolet 1964 RHD This 1964 Morris Minor Tourer is a very beautiful British convertible. The Morris has burgundy red paint, decorated with a golden decorative line. The simple interior looks chic thanks to the painted dashboard with a chrome clock in the middle. The Morris was delivered with a beige leather interior with several chrome details, a very beautiful combination with the burgundy red paint. Driving this Tourer is a great pleasure, thanks to the recently revised gearbox also. So, a very well driving Morris Minor Tourer. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000 Traveller 1967

    POA POA

    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Morris Minor 1000 Traveller 1967 1100 CC original black car 1967 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. Optical and technical in a beautiful and wel maintained condition. The paint in the original black colour, the red interior and wooden parts are in a good condition. This car has the steering wheel on the left. The car has the 1098 CC 50 HP engine. So a very nice and good driving English classic car. The car is in Holland since 1973. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1967
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000 Cabriolet 1969

    POA POA

    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Morris Minor 1000 Tourer cabriolet 1969 in good condition 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Tourer convertible. Both the burgundy red exterior and the red interior are in a very good, nice and well maintained condition. This original cabriolet has a 1097 CC 4 cyl 50 hp engine. Runs and drives very good. The beige top makes the car look very chic. So a rare, nice English convertible in a good condition. Car has Holland title. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1969
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000 Cabriolet 1967

    POA POA

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Morris Minor 1000 cabriolet 1967 LHD in good condition The Morris Minor 1000 was built between 1956 and 1971 as saloon, convertible and estate. This car is an original 1967 LHD Morris Minor 1000 cabriolet in colour Trafalgar Blue. Both the in- and outside are in a beautiful, good and healthy condition. The dark blue paint is combined with a light blue interior and creme softtop. Technics re fully checked in our workshop and in very good condition. The car has the 1097 CC 4 cyl 45 HP engine and 4 speed manual gearbox. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1967
    For sale
  • Morris Minor Van 1968

    POA POA

    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Morris Minor Van 6 cwt 1968 new paint, great promotion car 1968 Morris Minor Van 6 cwt. Both the body and interior are in a very beautiful and very good condition. New paint in 2015 in colour British Racing Green. The combination with the red interior makes the car look very authentic. Technics are fully checked in our workshop and the car is in excellent condition. A really very beautiful, very rare Morris Minor Van. Also a great promotion car. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000 Traveller 1968

    POA POA

    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Morris Minor 1000 Traveller 1968 in original condition The Morris Minor 1000 was built between 1956 and 1971. This is a 1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. Both the in- and outside are in a beautiful original condition with some traces of use. The car has green paint and green interior. The woodparts are in a very good condition. The car is in Holland since 1996 and has had only 1 owner since then. The car has a 1098 CC 50 HP engine and manual gearbox. Drives really great. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
  • Morris Minor Tourer 1000 Cabriolet 1958

    €14,950(£13,329.42) €14,950(£13,329.42)

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Morris Minor Tourer 1000 cabriolet 1958 This burgundy red Morris Minor Tourer was delivered in 1958. The combination of the burgundy red paint and the beige softtop is very nice. The interior of the Morris has brown leather and a burgundy red dashboard with the chrome clock in the middle. The Tourer has the original 1098 CC engine and recently revised manual gearbox. The Morris drives great and is very ergonomic. A very nice and great driving Morris Minor Tourer. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1958
    For sale
  • Morris Minor 1000

    POA POA

    1958 Morris Minor 1000 Excellent in every respect - 'mint' Re-trimmed seats, new carpets Recent service, running well with new MOT Upgraded with 1098 cc engine and alternator Early example, fitted with later and more useable 1098cc engine, described by the owner as 'mint' and he wasn't exaggerating. Bodywork and paint are excellent as is chromework, interior has been re-trimmed to a very high standard, engine bay is just as good. Drove 40 miles to us, running well, recently serviced with new MOT (although exempt). The larger engine makes it more suited to modern road conditions, also has an alternator for improved electrical performance, comes with spare keys, driver's handbook and V5C. Guide Price: Reduced to £5,950 suitable for printing Mobile: 07711 509600 Email: mark@pioneer-automobiles.co.uk Phone: 01635 248158 Viewing: By appointment only Copyright ©2016 Pioneer Autos Ltd

    • Year: 1958
    For sale
  • Morris Minor

    £6,990 £6,990

    Extraordinary, Unfinished Project, Automatic, Full Leather 1957 Morris Minor Convertible V8 3.5 Litre Automatic. 43.000 Miles. Finished in Baby Blue, with Cream Leather Interior Piped in Pale Blue. An Extraordinary Unfinished Project that needs Finishing. £2.500 spent on restoration at the Sussex Morris Minor Centre and Thousands More on Refitting costs. The specification is extensive* Reliant Scimitar Shortened Chassis* Rover SDI V8 Engine and Automatic Gearbox, plus SDI Up-rated and Professionally Reconditioned Brakes* High Lift Camshaft* 4 Barrel Holly & Inlet Manifold* RS 2000 Aluminium Radiator, with Twin Kenlowe Fans*Computer Controlled Electronic Water Pump* New Toyo Brookes 880 Track Tyres*New Hood-Needs Refitting* Wider Wheel Arches. MOT and Road Tax Exempt. The number plate is original and must also have a value. Twin Exhausts. The car will also benefit from a Respray. The last owner has lost interest in completing this custom Morris Minor Project. Thousands of Spares Available for detailing from Morris Minor Specialists. Definitely Work-In-Progress Not for the Faint-Hearted, but most of the base work has been done. Looks almost standard. Not one of our normal offerings and sold as seen. Registered as an Historic Vehicle- no road tax and with the correct engine capacity. WOW.

    • Mileage: 43000 mi
    • Engine size: 3500
    For sale
  • 1950 Morris Minor Lowlight Tourer

    £20,995 £20,995

    We are delighted to offer this superbly rebuilt, show winning genuine Morris Minor Series MM Lowlight Tourer onto the market. VMF 203 was supplied new by dealership Stewart and Ardern Limited, despatched on the 12th June 1950 and finished in Romain Green with Beige with Green piped upholstery. The Morris still retains its original ‘buff’ brown logbook confirming the Morris was owned by husband and wife in Essex for over twenty years and it comes with a Heritage Certificate confirming all original records. This first Series (MM) was registered on the 3 rd July 1950 and has the lovely early features such as the low headlights, semaphore indicators and split windscreen. Interestingly, just prior to production, but after a large run of chrome bumpers had already been manufactured, Issignonis the designer decided to widen the vehicle by around 4 inches. The bumpers were therefore cut in half and a short painted spacer plate added, as seen on the rear of this car. The most recent owners purchased the Morris in 2009; prior to this the car had just three previous owners. On initial purchase in 2009 a major, extensive restoration programme was started and this included fully stripping the c

    • Year: 1950
    For sale
  • 1956 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

    POA POA

    (SOLD) The Wagon Traveller is one of the rarest and most desirable models produced. This Minor has been restored and is in very good condition. It has wonderful wood accents, and it is most affectionately called a “woody wagon”. The green vinyl interior offers bucket seats in front with a folding rear bench. The engine compartment is particularly tidy with the Morris four-cylinder engine prominently presented. The attention to detail in every area of this wagon is apparent with all glass, trim and components well finished and ready for show. This Minor was part of large collection kept in a climate controlled environment. Very functional passenger vehicle great for showing and driving. An affordable classic car.

    • Year: 1956
    • Mileage: 3404 mi
    For sale
  • 1972 Morris Minor Van

    £14,995 £14,995

    This highly desirable, sought after Morris Minor Van has come to us having been in a private collection in Scotland. The Van is presented in beautiful condition and is ideal for marketing purposes, shows, rallies or just some weekend fun. SBX 124K is stucturally excellent with lovely bodywork, a straight, strong underside and a lovely deep paint finish. The chrome work is bright and of a very good standard and the engine bay and interior are smartly presented. On the road this Minor Van is impressive with a lovely sweet engine performing perfectly, a smooth quite gearbox and brakes, handling and steering feel sharp, precise and efficient. This is a Van for some many purposes and prior to moving to a new home, it will be put through a full service, function check and MOT test ready for its next owner. Just arrived, more details to follow.

    • Year: 1972
    For sale
  • Morris Minor Van

    £4,000 £4,000

    JUST ARRIVED IN PRIVATELY OWNED THE OWNER BOUGHT THIS VAN 5 YEARS AGO DROVE IT HOME STRIPPED IT AND NEVER FAILED TO PUT IT BACK TOGETHER HOW EVER IT ALL IS IN BOXES AND READY TO PUT BACK TOGETHER A WORTHWHILE PROJECT ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL ALL DOORS BONET ETC SHOT BLASTED AND LAYING IN BACK THESE VANS ARE A SURE INVESTMENT GRAB A BARGAIN

    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    • Engine size: 1098
    For sale
  • Morris Minor Van

    £4,000 £4,000

    JUST ARRIVED IN PRIVATELY OWNED THE OWNER BOUGHT THIS VAN 5 YEARS AGO DROVE IT HOME STRIPPED IT AND NEVER FAILED TO PUT IT BACK TOGETHER HOW EVER IT ALL IS IN BOXES AND READY TO PUT BACK TOGETHER A WORTHWHILE PROJECT ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL ALL DOORS BONET ETC SHOT BLASTED AND LAYING IN BACK THESE VANS ARE A SURE INVESTMENT GRAB A BARGAIN

    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    • Engine size: 1098
    For sale
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