Mor­ris Mi­nor Mil­lion

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News -

Many months ago, fol­low­ing on from the Mor­ris 1000 owned by Bruce Ha­trick and fea­tured in NZ Clas­s­ic­car, John Twad­dle wrote to us about the limited edi­tion Mor­ris Mi­nor ‘Mil­lion’ that he’d im­ported. Be­cause of the car’s se­verely rusted state as pur­chased, the sub­se­quent restora­tion project took al­most three years and the Mor­rie has now reached a stage where it is road­wor­thy.

The car was dis­cov­ered in Ire­land, where it was ad­ver­tised as be­ing in con­cours con­di­tion — sadly, this was not the case and the restora­tion process proved to be both frus­trat­ing and time con­sum­ing.

How­ever, John was able to drive the car down to the re­cent Mor­ris Mi­nor Con­ven­tion at Tren­tham Race­course, where it won two awards in­clud­ing the Best Two-door Mor­ris Mi­nor. Con­sid­er­ing the ve­hi­cle was only made fit to travel a week be­fore the event, that was a pleas­ing re­sult.

It may be of some in­ter­est to note that on Satur­day March 7, the one-mil­lionth Mor­ris Mi­nor was sold at auc­tion in Bri­tain at Brook­lands His­toric for the equiv­a­lent of NZ$56,000 — an amaz­ing price for a Mor­rie.

Ash­ley Webb

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