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
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.
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.
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.