1960 MORRIS MINOR 1000 TRAVELLER
Chassis No. M/AW3L - 793022
Black with red interior.
Engine: four cylinder in-line, pushrod overhead-valve, bore 69.2mm, stroke 76.2mm, capacity 948 cc, single SU carburettor, 37 bhp at 4800 rpm; coil ignition; single-plate clutch; four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on top three ratios, central change; four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; suspension torsion-bar independant to front, semi-elliptic springs to live rear axle. Left-hand drive.
The Morris Minor was the first production car designed by the great Alex Issigonis; between 1948 and 1971 more than 1.5 million of them were produced, initially with sidevalve engines and 'split' front windscreens. In 1953 came the Series II which, with other improvements, was given BMC's famous and long-lived 803 cc A-Series engine and curved windscreen. The type was upgraded with a 948 cc engine to become the Minor 1000 in time for the 1956 London Motor Show. More than 200,000 of the Traveller estate-car variant were built between 1953 and 1971.
Combining perky good looks with a lively performance enhanced by a crisp gear-change and well-judged gear ratios, in its day the Minor 1000 was regarded as one of the best-handling of small family cars. The Traveller, with its large van-type rear doors, uses aluminium panels for roof and body sides. The carefully varnished timber frames, which add so much to the car's visual style, are also an important part of its structure. It was designed to offer comfortable seating for up to four adults, with the option to carry quite bulky loads when the rear seats were folded flat.
Given a black finish and exported to North America in January 1960, this Traveller is now resident in Switzerland and has a speedometer reading of only 43,308 miles. It has not been driven by Christie's, but the engine seems healthy and the car is said to run well, although it has not been used on the road for some time.
Very well presented, with excellent interior trim and carpets and sparkling engine bay, this charming and now quite rare small estate would make a rewarding show car or serve equally well for family outings.