Value My Clas­sic – How much is this Canadian Moggy van worth?

WHO Alan Brand WHAT 1959 Mor­ris Mi­nor 1000 van MILES 46,500 PROVE­NANCE Sold new in Cal­i­for­nia MODS Later gear­box, sa­loon bumper HOW MANY LEFT un­known

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I bought ‘Elsie’ al­most three years ago in Canada for C$9900 (about £5500). It was a pri­vate sale – it popped up on my daily au­to­mated com­puter ‘scrape’ of North Amer­i­can clas­si­fied ad sites for clas­sic Bri­tish cars. She had been used for eight years as a mo­bile ad for a sports store in Ot­tawa. We drove the 388 miles home in a day with no in­ci­dents but many smiles. It’s one of the few un­mo­lested Mi­nor vans on the road in Canada. I had a re­cent val­u­a­tion of C$16,000 and want to check that’s cor­rect.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

I have a file show­ing most own­ers back to de­liv­ery in Cal­i­for­nia. It’s been in Canada for ten years.

I don’t have com­plete pa­per­work but the last two own­ers added fewer than 3000 miles in 18 years and the con­di­tion sup­ports the mileage show­ing.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Noth­ing! All it needs is driv­ing.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

A ‘ribcage’ gear­box from a later 1098cc Mi­nor was in­stalled some time in the 1970s. It also has a full-width chrome – rather than sil­ver-painted – front bumper with over­rid­ers from a sa­loon model, plus the badge bar. The stain­less steel tri­an­gu­lar fin­isher plates on the door win­dow frames have been lifted from a sa­loon too – they would have orig­i­nally been painted body colour on a van.

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