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1961 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller Wagon


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• Lovely right-hand-drive example
• Wonderful, newer restoration with excellent exterior woodwork
• Sold new through Stewart and Ardern Limited in London

948 cc four-cylinder engine, 38 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, front wishbones with torsion bars, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 86”

Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, Morris Minor began producing British economy family cars on September 20th, 1948, and quickly became one of the quintessential cars in the United Kingdom. The Morris Minor name would last until 1972 deploying three distinct series, the MM, the Series II, and the 1000 Series. When 1956 came around, it was time for the 1000 Series to be introduced. The model received many new updates to help keep the car competitive into the ‘60s. The highly practical 1000 Traveller, with its folding seats and rear doors that could be used for long loads, became one of the last cars to use a structural wood frame which also enhanced the appearance and became a star car for the company.

This sporty Traveller wagon was first sold new in 1962 by Stewart and Ardern Limited located on New Bond Street, London. Stewart and Ardern LTD first began selling in 1929 and made a name for themselves as being the top distributor when it came to Morris vehicles and would stay that way until Morris closed their doors. Before being acquired by The Rockhound Collection in 2020, this wagon resided in one of the more significant car collections in Indiana among many other British automobiles. Today, a lovely example thanks to its complete ground-up restoration, it carries a classic white over black color scheme with nicely varnished wood panels in the rear. The body panels are straight and true, while the front door and swing-open trunk doors close with ease and no catch. The right-hand-drive interior is simple but convenient and offers its four occupants comfortable black faux leather seating. The front half comes with normal roll windows while the back cabin has slide windows for natural air-conditioning throughout. The 948 cc four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual gearbox are both reported to be in well-working order. Rarely seen because of its British roots, this ’62 Morris Minor 1000 is a delightful consideration for anyone looking for a unique and ready-to-roll automobile.

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