Mor­ris 1000 Trav­eller

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

There aren’t many clas­sics you can buy for half of what some­one has paid to re­store them – but the Mor­ris 1000 Trav­eller is one. The trade may be pitch­ing very good ones at £18k but pri­vate sell­ers seem to ad­ver­tise at way be­low their restora­tion costs. There’s a black ’67 in Le­ices­ter­shire that’s had ev­ery­thing done in­clud­ing a fab­u­lous re­trim and all for just £8900, which wouldn’t even cover the paint and me­chan­i­cals.

Charm­ing, re­li­able, hugely prac­ti­cal and look­ing in­creas­ingly cool, the woody Mor­ris is se­ri­ous value. This is a fash­ion thing, of course, as Mini Trav­ellers eas­ily fetch dou­ble and even Mi­nor vans and pick-ups make more. Yet the Mi­nor Trav­eller is the bet­ter buy. Like a four-wheeled mock-tu­dor semi, it’s the quin­tes­sen­tial Bri­tish mid­dle-class car of the Six­ties and Seven­ties. But some­how we’ve al­ways seen the Trav­eller as frumpy and sub­ur­ban and prices have crept up only very slowly. Last year Clas­sic Car Auc­tions sold a one-owner Trafal­gar Grey ’65 with 10,000 miles and lots of bills for re­cent recom­mis­sion­ing for just £5890. The in­trin­sic value in that pur­chase is amaz­ing and the value of such a low-mileage and ex­cep­tional sur­vivor has eas­ily tripled since. While there’s a con­sid­er­able in­dus­try in up­rat­ing Mi­nors with mod­ern dampers, discs, Ma­rina gear­boxes and big­ger en­gines, the value (as ever) is in orig­i­nal un­mo­lested cars and plenty are still in long-term own­er­ship. The Mi­nor Trav­eller was the orig­i­nal cross­over with acres of room, a flat cargo area and end­less prac­ti­cal­ity. Why we’ve wil­fully ig­nored them for so long will have to re­main a to­tal mys­tery.

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