The earliest Morris Minor we have ever seen.........but with 36,000 original miles, looks, drives, and runs like a FAR newer car.
A SUPER rate example, left hand drive, and wit its original 918cc Morris side valve engine. Runs beautifully, smooth, flexible, okay.....not that fast with a mere 27hp. But in driving around town, and with pleasurable use of its excellent 4 speed transmission, doesn't seem like such a deficiency. That is, as long as one doesn't encounter a steep hill!
Actually approached my first highway drive with some trepidation. And was pleasantly surprised to see an easy 70 mph on the speedo (my guess, 58-60 actual mph). Sure, passed a lot but managed to avoid causing a block in traffic.
Body is excellent, black paint is very good, floor appears quite solid, all new deep red interior, new white top, excellent rear white side curtains, all gauges work, all lights, wipers, horn, handbrake, all work. New Excelsior 5.60-14 tires, fitted with a perfect working AM-FM stereo, new seat belts, chrome is generally quite good, has its original crank, AND SURPRISE OF SURPRISE......tight steering, excellent ride, very comfy seats, better synchromesh than ANY early BMC gearbox I have ever encountered, wiring harness appears to be original and in great attention, heater works, exhaust is quite, all in all, a VERY NICE CAR.
At the moment, this car is at my house being thoroughly enjoyed. 50 miles around town on its first day at my house. Errands, out to lunch and dinner, and at night, even found all of the gauge lights work.
Of course, IF one tires of the incredible originality, one can easily drop in a BMC 948cc or 1098cc OHV engine with 37hp or 48hp. But for now, am rather enjoying the 27hp side valve and savoring the fun of driving a 70 year old classic convertible. (photos available soon)Click for legal info