2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
5

1961 Morris Minor Traveller Station Wagon

$18,000 - $24,000

Specifications

Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 998cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. MUH625653
Chassis No. D979430
Body Work Station Wagon
Colour Cream
Interior Red
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

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Description

Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, renowned as the father of the Mini that ultimately succeeded it, the Morris Minor was launched in 1948 and is, in its own way, equally significant.  Indeed, the Minor was a revelation at a time when most motorists were still driving around in pre-war machinery, boasting unitary construction, modern styling with plenty of interior space, rack and pinion steering and torsion-bar independent front suspension.  The first Minors came with a side-valve four-cylinder engine from the Austin A35 before an overhead-valve motor appeared in 1952, the so-called A-series motor displacing 803cc.  The Minor was further revised in 1956, with a more powerful 948cc engine and updated styling, doing away with the old split screen and adding a larger rear window for better visibility.  The Minor 1000, as it became known, was assembled in many countries around the world, including here in Australia at BMC’s Zetland operation in Sydney.  Morris also diversified the Minor range to include the wood-panelled Traveller wagon and convertible variants, along with commercials like the panel van and pick-up, which proved excellent workhorses.  The Traveller – a versatile, half-timbered estate car (station wagon to Australians) – was launched in 1953, giving the Minor the model even greater appeal.  As a highly distinctive and rewarding classic workhorse, the Traveller has become something of a cult vehicle amongst Minor aficionados.  A truly affordable classic car, Minor production continued until 1971, by which time, a remarkable 1.5 million had been made making it a resounding commercial success. The Minor remains an entertaining - and endearing - first classic, with a tremendously loyal following and is a popular choice for the enthusiast looking for something reliable, uncomplicated and rewarding to own.

History

  • Delightful Morris Minor Traveller Estate
  • Older documented restoration
  • Upgraded 12-volt electrics
This charming Morris Minor Traveller was the subject of an extensive restoration some years ago and remains in exceptional condition today.  With a photographic record documenting the work completed, the vehicle was completely refurbished with some added improvements for additional safety, including indicators, seat belts and upgraded 12-volt electrics.  The exterior timber paneling was done to a very high standard and velour roof lining fitted inside, while windscreen washers and a fan/heater unit are other notable features.  With all the hard work done and the restoration nicely mellowed, this is a wonderful opportunity for the Minor enthusiast to acquire what must be one of the finest Travellers to come on the open market for some time and would make a wonderful club or promotional vehicle.  Used sparingly for club runs and displays, the Morris is currently unregistered and will be supplied with both the owner’s and service manuals. 
 
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Saturday 06 May

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Sunday 07 May

10.00am - 4.00pm

Auction

Monday 08 May

7.00pm
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