Mor­ris Mi­nor



My MoT tester’s com­ment of: ‘Well done, you are un­der 100 miles for the year’ got me me think­ing. Was it time to part com­pany with my Mor­ris Mi­nor?

‘Surely not!’ was the gen­eral re­ac­tion around my part of Sus­sex, but what’s the point in hav­ing three clas­sic cars when I rarely drive one of them? I’ve owned ‘Daisy’ for five years, but still needed to con­vince my­self that it was time to say ‘good­bye’.

The fig­ures spoke for them­selves: we trav­elled just 1512 miles to­gether in all that time and I treated it to three oil changes and two full ser­vices. Re­place­ment parts (of­ten re­quired due to lack of use) in­cluded a new brake mas­ter cylin­der, bat­tery and wheel cylin­ders, plus paint­work and recom­mis­sion­ing when she first ar­rived. It may never have let me down, but I de­cided to bite the bul­let any­way and ad­ver­tise it.

Why do most en­thu­si­asts want their classics to go to a good home when we are only too happy to dump our daily driv­ers on the first buyer who shows in­ter­est? I al­most wanted to vet po­ten­tial buy­ers.

As it hap­pens, Daisy is re­tir­ing down to the English Riviera with a new owner whose par­ents owned one, who un­der­stands clas­sic cars and will hope­fully en­joy every moment of it. I pre­pared the car for its new home by dou­ble-check­ing ev­ery­thing, col­lect­ing all the years of pa­per­work and giv­ing it a wash and pol­ish so it was pre­sentable on ar­rival. It des­ti­na­tion was a few hun­dred miles from here, and while I had lit­tle doubt that its 948cc mo­tor would achieve jour­ney’s end safely, the buyer’s low loader op­tion at least saved him from get­ting a numb bum.

As my wife and I gath­ered for the send-off, it did cross my mind that it felt like say­ing good­bye to a mem­ber of the fam­ily. We plied the driver with tea and biscuits and re­ceived a guar­an­tee in re­turn that he would take the up­most care of this clas­sic cargo.

A week later the new owner got in touch to say that Daisy was be­hav­ing fault­lessly and be­ing en­joyed every day. A bit­ter-sweet moment.

End of an era; Grant does the right thing and waves good­bye to his pride and joy.

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