Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor went on to become one of the most successful British cars of all time with over 1,000,000 units sold by 1961 and production continuing right up until 1971. It was conceived as a vehicle to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car with a price suitable for the working classes. Compared with competitor products throughout the 1950s, it excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering/handling characteristics which continue to delight driving enthusiasts to this day.
The Minor came in several variants including two and four-door saloons, a wood-framed Traveller estate, a panel van and a pick-up. Most glamorous and sought-after of all was the convertible Tourer model which offered top-down motoring at a budget price. All models were gradually but subtly improved over time, gaining a one-piece windscreen, better heating and an engine that grew from a 27bhp 918cc sidevalve unit to a 1098cc ohv unit that produced 47bhp and could propel the car to a top speed of 77mph.
This solid and straight Convertible has been with the current owner as part of a small collection of Morris Minors, and is offered for the first time in a number of years. Showing just 22,000 miles recorded, with a small amount of recommissioning we are sure this little Moggie will be lots of fun to drive over the summer months.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.