Mor­ris Mi­nor

Fully re­stored by Charles Ware’s Mor­ris Mi­nor Cen­tre in 1999, this car has been cher­ished ever since and runs su­perbly

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

what’s it like TO drive?

A Mi­nor in ex­cel­lent or­der can be a rev­e­la­tion, as is the case here. The car drives well in all re­spects. There’s enough ac­cel­er­a­tion for town use, and the rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing is sharp. The all­drum brak­ing sys­tem in­spires con­fi­dence once you’re used to it. There’s no ev­i­dence of any sus­pen­sion wear. And yes, there’s the tra­di­tional Mi­nor ex­haust rasp­berry on the over­run.

Body­work check

The car went to Charles Ware’s Mor­ris Mi­nor Cen­tre in 1999, when ev­ery­thing was re­paired or re­placed. It’s seen lit­tle ac­tion since. There’s the tini­est amount of bub­bling at the bot­tom of the driver’s door but this is scarcely no­tice­able. The Smoke Grey paint­work is other­wise ex­cel­lent and bears neg­li­gi­ble ev­i­dence of be­ing ap­plied nearly 17 years ago. The chrome is good too, but there is a dent on the rear bumper blade.

HOW’s the in­te­rior?

Be­ing a 1959 model the car has lovely leather seats, which are orig­i­nal and in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The head­lin­ing is good, al­though there’s a lit­tle rust on the hinges of the sub vi­sors. The door trims are good as is the orig­i­nal paint on the dash­board. All the in­stru­ments work well. The car­pets are not the orig­i­nals but they are to orig­i­nal spec and in fine con­di­tion. The fine spoked steer­ing wheel is in good or­der even if the cen­tre horn boss is faded. There is a small crack near the quar­terlight on the driver’s door.

Un­der the bon­net

The en­gine bay is su­perbly fin­ished. Ev­ery­thing is clean and free of any leaks or stain­ing. The wiring is pris­tine too. The car runs as sweetly as you’d ex­pect from a re­built en­gine with lit­tle use since and we could find no ev­i­dence of wear in it or the gear­box. Nei­ther is any­thing over­heat­ing. We un­der­stand that an un­leaded fuel com­pat­i­ble cylin­der head has been fit­ted.

Our ver­dict

Here’s a chance to buy a Mor­ris Mi­nor with­out worry. Even the ra­dial tyres look like new. Be­ing a late 1950s car this ex­am­ple boasts leather seats, spoked steer­ing wheel and other pe­riod joys. The full body and me­chan­i­cal over­haul by a top spe­cial­ist has stood up ex­tremely well. Think how much this would cost to carry out nowa­days, never mind the has­sle. This car has ob­vi­ously been cos­seted since its restora­tion but sadly, in re­cent years, some­one has felt it jus­ti­fi­able to re­place the Mi­nor’s orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion with an age-re­lated plate. There are a few other small is­sues be­ing sorted out be­fore sale and the car comes with a gen­er­ous six-month me­chan­i­cal war­ranty and full ser­vice.

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