1954 Morris Minor Series II
From a deceased
estate; later 1,100cc engine fitted; gearbox reconditioned 1,400 miles ago;
charmingly original; transferable number plate
The new post-war range of Morris cars was announced in
1948 and included models from the Minor MM to the six-cylinder MO. The star
however, was undoubtedly the Minor, a radical replacement for the pre-war Series
E. Apart from the side-valve engine, everything else was new and the
Issigonis-designed Minor MM became an instant success.
In 1952 the Series II came along, still with a
split-windscreen but with an OHV 803cc engine borrowed from its cousin the
Austin A30. This gave it a top speed of 62mph and a 0-50 time of 28 seconds with
40mpg economy. Further improvements followed in 1954 with a new horizontal slat
grille and a new dashboard with a central speedo. It was replaced by the Minor
1000 in 1956 which had a rather less characterful single-pane windscreen but a
more powerful engine which put 75mph within reach.
During its remarkable 23-year production run, 1.3 million
Minors were produced and thanks to the fantastic supply of available parts,
thousands have survived making them a common sight on the roads of Britain even
This charmingly original four-door saloon dates from
February 1954, the 803cc engine having been upgraded with a later 1,100cc unit
at some time in the past (hold onto your hats!) as recorded on the V5C. An
additional temperature gauge has also been discreetly fitted below the dash,
along with modern flashing indicators, although the original semaphores do still
work and are operated by a switch next to the new gauge.
The current owner acquired the car in 2014 because it
looked exactly like the Minor in which he had passed his driving test many years
before. On offer here from a deceased estate, we are told that the car has been
kept garaged and only lightly used, mainly for local shows and occasional
wedding and prom duties for friends and family.
It has very little history apart from two old MOTs issued
in 2010 and 2011 and an invoice for a reconditioned gearbox and a new clutch
plate which were fitted in March 2011, since when the car has only covered 1,400
miles, the odometer currently showing 31,498 miles.
As you can see in the photos, the car looks most appealing
in black with a nicely patinated red interior. The bottoms of the doors have the
odd rust bubble coming through, but it otherwise looks reassuringly straight and
solid. It retains its original Oxford-issue number plate, UJO 871, which is
Unused for the last couple of years, it was got running
just before the auction and driven around for a week but since arriving at
Brightwells it has been mysteriously refusing to start – turn the key and the
ignition light comes on but pull the starter button and nothing happens. A fault
with the starter motor/solenoid perhaps? Whatever, it should be an easy fix, as
with everything on a Morris Minor.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or