CCA’S MI­NOR MIR­A­CLE

A 3017-mile Mor­ris Mi­nor is to be auc­tioned off for char­ity on 1 De­cem­ber – and it could be Clas­sic Car Weekly’s ’s Car of the Year – with your help

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Safe Fam­i­lies for Chil­dren Wales is to ben­e­fit from a no-re­serve auc­tion of a late Mor­ris Mi­nor. Con­signed to Clas­sic Car Auc­tions’ up­com­ing sale, the Snow­berry White 1000 saloon, one of 9969 two-door sa­loons built in the last year of Mi­nor pro­duc­tion, is to go un­der the ham­mer af­ter its pre­vi­ous owner do­nated the car at the be­hest of the char­ity.

The Mi­nor’s story is in­ter­est­ing: bought by a Cardiff solic­i­tor as an in­vest­ment, it was stored with its wheels off on axle stands for 35 years af­ter record­ing 3017 miles on the road. Recom­mis­sioned in Septem­ber this year, the me­chan­i­cal work was thor­ough and ex­pen­sive - £2000 was spent get­ting the car ready for a vol­un­tary MoT, which the car passed with­out any ad­vi­sories. The brakes (all wheel cylin­ders, mas­ter cylin­der, brake shoes) dy­namo, reg­u­la­tor and fuel pump were all re­newed be­cause of their de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in stor­age; once re­placed, the orig­i­nals were then stored in the boot.

David Hem­ings, car sales man­ager at Charles Ware’s Mor­ris Mi­nor Cen­tre, told CCW that the firm hadn’t en­coun­tered such a lowmileage Mi­nor in a long time, if at all: ‘Back in the day, [ late com­pany founder] Char­lie [Charles Ware] would find low-mileage garaged Mi­nors from time to time, but noth­ing with as few miles on it as this. They all had sim­i­lar sto­ries to this car: stored off the road, cared for, but not used. The pre­vi­ous owner spent their recom­mis­sion­ing money wisely. If the mileage is gen­uine as trusted and de­clared, it’s ex­cep­tional.’

From pho­tos, David val­ued the car at be­tween £5000 and £6000, ‘ but it would ex­ceed mar­ket value based on the mileage ac­crued; it ap­pears to be very orig­i­nal, which is a real sell­ing point’, he said.

‘Other peo­ple may well bid it over £6000 be­cause it’s been of­fered at no re­serve for char­ity, that’s a very real pos­si­bil­ity, too.’ Wor­thy cause auc­tions of­ten see cars ex­ceed their mar­ket value; BCA’s sale of an exRoyal Mail Mi­nor van in 2010 saw £8000 raised for Bar­nado’s.

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