This is a late mark 1 Morris Mini Minor Traveller De Luxe with the optional all steel body. She was built on 13th October 1966 and left the Longbridge factory for Page & Scott Limited of Colchester on 8th December 1966. This information is confirmed by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certified copy of the factory record. Her engine and chassis numbers match
This classic Mini is in Island Blue and has a Cumulus grey interior. Everything is original except the carpet. When I got her there was no carpet so I bought one from Newton Commercial (a very well respected trim supplier) in the correct colour. The carpet extends to the rear load area and the rear seat back. This is an honest car and wears her years gracefully, as you can see from the photos
She has had welding done in the past, not a surprise for a car that turned 50 last month! She also required welding for her MOT this year. A small amount of welding on the floor and sill were all that was needed. At the same time, we have completely overhauled the braking system with a new master cylinder, copper brake pipes, brake shoes and new wheel cylinders all round. The carburettor has been serviced with a new jet and needle fitted.
Her cab doors open and close with a reassuringly solid clunk! There are some marks on her headlining which might come out with suitable cleaning agents. She still has the correct ribbed interior light.
As this is the De Luxe model, she has the triple gauge central binnacle. She starts from the key rather than the earlier floor push button and comes with the famous green light-up tip to the indicator stalk and the optional fresh air heater. She is comfortable to sit in and drive and offers excellent visibility, just from a reduced height when compared with more modern rivals.
The 848cc engine will never win any speed trials but it is a simple, proven lump that can easily be serviced or repaired at the side of the road. This Traveller definitely prefers a leisurely pace! The gearstick is the long cranked wand shift. It has a precise action and is easy to use.
The bodywork is generally solid but please remember this car is five decades old and, to my knowledge, she has never been professionally restored.
On her nearside rear quarter there is a patch. At some time in the past someone has done a repair of some sort and covered this with a plate of metal. Please check the pictures for this.
The underside has been welded in the past and, as mentioned, again this year for her MOT. While they might be unsightly (although they are underneath!), they are solid and well executed welds.
She is NOT concourse BUT could be made so with the right effort and investment. With her provenance that could be a very wise investment to make. This car is rare and will only become rarer as the years roll by. Due to my own ill health and caring for a poorly, elderly parent I cannot give this gorgeous car the love and time she truly deserves.
. She is also old enough to be exported. This would be a very rare Mini to own outside of the UK!
Documents that come with the Mini are:-
- · Shell service reports from 1972 to 1981
- · various service receipts from 1999 to 2011
- · Original A3 Austin Mini Lubrication Chart from 1967
- · Original Morris Mini Minor Driver’s Handbook from 1966
- · Newnes Morris & Austin Mini illustrated car servicing manual from 1969
- · British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certified copy of a factory record issued 22nd November 2011
- · V5 in my name plus two previous V5 certificates showing Mr & Mrs Johnson’s time
- · Fresh MOT issued 3rd March 2017