Club buys last Minor
The last Morris Minor saloon to leave the production line has been saved by the Morris Minor Owners’ Club.
The Trafalgar Blue 1970 two-door saloon was found in a derelict state. It was rescued by the club in September and is now due a complete restoration. Chassis number 1288377 was signed off at Cowley on 12 November 1970.
Despite its significance, the car has not been cosseted. ‘It’s a major project, without any doubt,’ says MMOC secretary Ray Newell. ‘We purchased the car from John Ashmore, who had acquired the vehicle with a view to restoring it himself or with assistance.
‘He realised the enormity of the task ahead and in an effort to keep as much of the original vehicle intact a sale was negotiated. We felt it needed to be saved. At the moment we are taking steps to stabilise its condition rather than begin restoration.’
The car was London-registered and covered over 100,000 miles before it was traded in against a Rolls-Royce.
Despite its crumbling appearance in 2016, an effort had been made to secure the car for posterity in the early 1990s.
It was featured in the July 1994 issue of our sister publication Classic Cars and photographed with the first production model, NWL 576. The Minor will be exhibited at the
Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC from 31 March–2 April.
Van and Traveller production continued into 1971 at Cowley. The final Minor is believed to be one assembled from available parts by a Swindon dealer around 1976 for a customer who would have nothing else! Nick Larkin ❚ www.mmoc.org.uk