Mor­ris Mi­nor MM Tourer

This open-air variant of one of the ear­li­est Mor­ris Mi­nors is in won­der­ful con­di­tion – it’s rea­son­ably priced for such a rare car

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin

WHAT’s IT like TO DRIVE?

This gen­uine MM ‘Low­light’ Tourer ben­e­fits from the ex­cel­lent rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing sys­tem, and the car feels steady on the road and to­tally un­ruf­fled by sharp bends – as it should do for a near £12,000 car. The gearchange is slick and the brakes are not too bad if treated with re­spect, re­spond­ing with a con­fi­dent feel. We’re told that the brakes have been over­hauled re­cently with new mas­ter and slave cylin­ders, new front shoes and flex­i­ble hoses. The side­valve en­gine too­tles along hap­pily at 45-50mph and doesn’t feel like a par­tic­u­larly ne­glected unit.

BODYWORK CHECK

This car’s Ro­maine Green paint­work ap­pears to be sub­stan­tially orig­i­nal, and there are no traces of over­spray, un­sightly blem­ishes or signs of filler. There’s also no sig­nif­i­cant rust, and all looks good un­der­neath. The bright­work is in ex­cel­lent or­der and the car ap­pears to be re­tain­ing its 1949 hood and side screens, which are still in us­able con­di­tion. The hood is in fine fet­tle – so fine that it looks as if it has been re­placed not too long ago. It goes up and down eas­ily enough, and the side screens are present and cor­rect.

HOW’s THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The orig­i­nal spec seats are in su­perb con­di­tion and still very sup­port­ive, al­though it looks as though the driver’s seat – which has dif­fer­ently coloured bead­ing – has been re­placed at some stage. The door trims are com­plete, but would ben­e­fit from a lit­tle clean­ing, and the door pulls are a lit­tle frayed. The car­pets are in good con­di­tion, with no un­sightly scuffs or marks. The gold-painted dash­board is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion with not even a blob of rust, and the lim­ited in­stru­men­ta­tion is sim­i­larly un­blem­ished.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine hasn’t been de­tailed for sale, so while there’s a bit of sur­face rust, there aren’t any signs of more se­ri­ous prob­lems. There are no tell­tale oil or coolant leaks any­where, nor any over­bear­ing whiffs of fuel, and the pipes and wires ap­pear to be in good con­di­tion. De­spite the over­all orig­i­nal look, the ven­dor be­lieves the en­gine had some ma­jor re­con­di­tion­ing in the 1980s. The his­tory file is not large, but among the more re­cent work the brakes over­haul is doc­u­mented.

OUR VER­DICT

The orig­i­nal­ity of this car is ex­cep­tional, al­though it’s a pity it hasn’t a more com­pre­hen­sive his­tory to back up its con­di­tion. What­ever has hap­pened to this MM, it has a unique patina and we can only hope it goes to a home where its orig­i­nal­ity will be ap­pre­ci­ated. For such an early Mi­nor it’s well priced, too.

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