1954 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

Highlights

  • Rare and desirable factory-built convertible
  • Upgraded to a rebuilt 1,098 cc A Series
  • Serviced annually by an experienced enthusiast from the Morris Club
  • In present ownership since 2010
  • Supremely original bodywork and interior
  • Advisory-free (voluntary) MOT

The Appeal

Faced with post-war economic challenges and burgeoning foreign competition, it seemed logical Britain's leading car makers should pool their resources. Steps were made towards a merger in 1948, but the deep-rooted and often hostile rivalry between Morris and Austin’s chief executives, led to a break-off in negotiations the following year.
Eventually, however, on Friday 23rd November 1951, an agreement was reached and the British Motor Corporation (BMC) was born. This historic move changed the landscape of the British auto industry and led to the immense success of one of the most important cars of the century - the Morris Minor.
Issigonis’ radical new ‘Minor’ premiered in 1948, but early models were let down by the reluctant inclusion of a hopelessly old-fashioned side-valve engine. The BMC merger meant Morris now had use of the comparatively modern Austin A Series engine, ensuring the Series II Minor of 1952, with its all-new drivetrain, was significantly better than its predecessor. 
We’re delighted to offer this very original convertible example from 1954. It’s been in present ownership since 2010 and has been serviced regularly by an experienced enthusiast from the Morris Club who also happens to be a friend of the vendor. One concession to originality is that this example comes with a later A Series - a 1,098 cc unit which enhances this car’s usability in modern traffic while retaining the character of the original 803 cc unit. The engine has been rebuilt and the car reportedly drives very well indeed.
Today, these Series II Morris Minors are sought after among enthusiasts - especially the rare factory convertibles. This one is among the most usable you’ll find thanks to the engine upgrade and delightful patina throughout.

 
 

The History and Paperwork

  • In present ownership since 2010 (acquired at 7,560 miles recorded)
  • The odometer now reads 17,049 miles
  • Six former registered keepers
  • Buff logbook present along with modern V5C document
  • Hand-written notes of mechanical work by Hodgkinson’s Autos
  • Voluntarily submitted for MOT testing and valid until 3rd August
  • Collection of old MOT certificates
  • Garage stored

 
 

The Condition

  • The fabric roof folds away neatly and appears in good condition with some light age-commensurate wear
  • Straight and solid-looking bodywork
  • No notable signs of wear to the paint
  • Equipped with semaphores which the vendor demonstrates to be in good working order
  • Smart brightwork with no notable wear or pitting to report
  • All appears sound underneath
  • The offside door exhibits some paint bubbling which is a common Morris Minor issue
  • Smart hubcaps
  • Original Series II ‘split-screen’ windscreen and mesh grille in good shape
  • Commendably original interior
  • The upholstery presents beautifully, with just a few scratches on the driver’s seat
  • Some fading to the carpets, although they remain eminently serviceable
  • The dashboard and instruments present very well and are charmingly patinated
 
 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,098 cc A Series l4
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • The engine compartment presents well overall
Recent mechanical refurbishment included
  • Engine re-bore 
  • New pistons
  • Crankshaft re-grind and new bearings
  • Full gasket set
  • New distributor, points and condenser 
  • New clutch

 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1954
  • Make Morris
  • Model Minor
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 17,049 Miles
  • Engine size 1098
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Huddersfield
  • County Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
13 Bids from 6 bidders
  • pe•••• £7,500 25/06/24
  • ip•••• £6,200 25/06/24
  • me•••• £6,000 25/06/24
  • me•••• £5,600 25/06/24
  • me•••• £5,500 25/06/24
  • ip•••• £5,200 25/06/24
  • fa•••• £5,000 25/06/24
  • ip•••• £4,750 25/06/24
  • al•••• £4,500 25/06/24
  • ip•••• £4,000 23/06/24

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