Charming little Minor restored in the late 1990s; 4-speed gearbox;
alloy fuel tank; driven over 20 miles to the sale
Launched by Morris in 1928 as a rather belated response to the Austin Seven, the diminutive Minor started life with a Wolseley-designed overhead camshaft engine also used by MG.
By 1931, a simpler side-valve engine had replaced the complex and expensive ohc Minor unit, which has stood the test of time and still stands as one of the most endearing small cars that Britain has ever produced. Just under 40,000 of the overhead cam types and rather more than 47,000 side-valve models were built and there is a thriving owners’ club catering for these enduring light cars.
This charming little Morris Minor SV Tourer was first registered in Portsmouth in August 1932 with the number RV 2430. A green continuation logbook shows that by 1946 it was with an Army officer in Pendine, Carmarthen, before moving to Birmingham in the early 1970s.
In 1998 it was acquired by a gentleman near Rugby, a lifelong friend of the current owner. In the early 1950s, when they were both 17, they had driven to San Remo in Italy in a similar Morris Minor with a group of friends also in vintage cars. A jolly time was had by all and they had dreams of repeating the trip 50 years later, hence the acquisition of this car (now CAS 688).
Our vendor’s friend restored the car which included fitting a 4-speed gearbox and an alloy fuel tank. Sadly the trip to Italy never materialised and when the friend passed away in 2021 our vendor acquired the car with the dream of completing the Italian Job with his son. This too has not yet come to pass and so the car is for sale once more.
As you can see in the photos, CAS 688 still looks very smart, having been only lightly used and kept garaged since it was restored. It comes with a hood and side screens (all in excellent condition) and also a spare new head gasket and a copy of an original 105-page workshop manual.
Although the Minor has seen very little use in recent times, it was successfully driven over 20 miles to the sale and has been starting easily and running well as we have moved it around on site with good 60psi oil pressure.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
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