One Lady Owner

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

South Is­land spe­cial­ist clas­sic car re­storer, Marl­bor­ough Clas­sic & Cus­tom Restora­tions in Blen­heim, is cur­rently restor­ing this 1938 Mor­ris 8.

The owner, a care­ful lady now in her early 60s, was orig­i­nally given the car by her grand­fa­ther when she was 15. She learned to drive in the Mor­ris, and it be­came her daily driver for the next two years or so be­fore she headed off for the big Kiwi OE. Be­tween mar­riage and chil­dren — and with the help of her grand­fa­ther and fa­ther — the car was stored for a to­tal of four years be­fore end­ing up with Marl­bor­ough Clas­sic & Cus­tom Restora­tions. For the last two years Les Beau­mont and his team have been work­ing away on it, bring­ing it back to its for­mer glory. The owner also spec­i­fied a big­ger mo­tor, so not to be too slow on the road and hold up traf­fic. Ac­cord­ingly, an over­head valve Mor­ris Mi­nor 1000 en­gine plus match­ing gear­box has been fit­ted.

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