Mor­ris Mi­nor

You’ll need to be quick to snap up this Moggy – re­built and ex­cel­lent to drive, this ex­am­ple won’t hang around for long

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Calum Brown

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The re­spon­sive steer­ing, slick gear change and free-revving en­gine mark out this Mi­nor as hav­ing been very well re­built. There are no mis­fires and the power de­liv­ery is smooth. The steer­ing is di­rect, with sharp track­ing and in­stant feed­back while the drum brakes stop the car cleanly from sen­si­ble speeds with very lit­tle fuss. The tem­per­a­ture gauge reg­is­ters a re­as­sur­ing read­ing through­out.

BODYWORK CHECK

This very at­trac­tive-look­ing Mi­nor has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive body and paint work. Its dark blue coat is un­blem­ished, and there’s lash­ings of un­der­seal ap­plied un­der­neath to pro­tect against the el­e­ments. Al­though there is ev­i­dence of weld­ing at var­i­ous points the whee­larches don’t con­ceal any nasty sur­prises, the sills and wind­screen sur­rounds are solid and the chrome­work shines with­out scuff marks. Pan­els are straight with no dents or bumps to be found, no mat­ter how hard you scru­ti­nise it.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The cabin has new car­pets and seats, which are clean and in good con­di­tion. Ev­ery­thing works as it should, in­clud­ing the heater. Win­dows wind up and down with ease and the speedome­ter and fuel gauge nee­dles hold steady and give ac­cu­rate read­ings. There is no ev­i­dence of any leaks or damp in­side and three-point seat­belts have been sym­pa­thet­i­cally fit­ted. The only is­sue is a lively glove­box lid that has a ten­dency to un­hook from its clip and flop open onto the pas­sen­ger’s knee.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

It’s clear this car has been cher­ished, judg­ing by the clean con­di­tion of the en­gine and its sur­round­ings. The en­gine looks and sounds free of even the most mi­nor of flaws, with no smoke or wor­ry­ing noises upon start up. Its en­gine set­tles into a gor­geous bur­ble on the first turn of the key. Bulk­head and in­ner wings have been re­cently painted and all com­po­nents ap­pear spot­less, with some very new parts nes­tled in amid the ren­o­vated orig­i­nal com­po­nents. The fuel pump ticks away con­tent­edly with no leaks or cracked pipes to be found – it all looks prac­ti­cally fresh from the fac­tory.

OUR VER­DICT

Hav­ing re­cently been re­fur­bished, and with a lovely in­te­rior, this su­perb Moggy would make a su­perb show com­pan­ion. With no blem­ishes or scars on the bodywork, it could be all too easy to buy this ex­am­ple and store it away for the fu­ture. But that would be a sin as this Mor­ris Mi­nor is just beg­ging to be driven and en­joyed. It’s worth ev­ery penny.

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