1957 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller
Engine: 4 cylinder 948cc
Gearbox: Manual 4 Speed
In 1941 a full 10 Years before he was to design the original Mini, Alex Issigonis was chosen to design a new small family car for the Morris Motor Company. The overall concept for the car was to produce a practical, economical and affordable car that would equal the far more expensive cars of the day. He later summed up his approach as wanting to “design a car the average man would take pleasure in owning, rather than the feeling of something they had been sentenced too”. The resulting Morris Minor was produced from 1948 – 1971. Originally only available as a saloon or convertible, 1952 saw the introduction of the Traveller- a practical estate version with varnished wood incorporated into the frame.
This very early 1957 ‘Birch grey’ example was first registered 12/03/1957. The supplying dealer, Meadens of Sway, still exists and is situated less than 5 Miles away from our garage in Beaulieu. The cars first keeper was a Mr C Whitren, who kept the car until 1989 when the car was purchased by the current owner. The car retains its original service and hand book, along with 26 consecutive MOT certificates starting from 1988 up to a new one which will be supplied on sale. The only modification to the car is to the engine, which has been converted to run on unleaded fuel. The wood frame looks very recent and it in perfect condition with no staining. The interior looks original with the exception of a new carpet set, the seats are the original leather and in excellent condition. The paintwork looks as fresh as the day it came out the factory.
Rarely do cars as authentic and original as this come onto the market. Amazingly both the previous owners lived within 5 miles of our showroom.