1961 Morris Minor 1000 Four Door Saloon


  • Upgraded to 1098cc engine and later gearbox
  • Brake servo, telescopic dampers and other upgrades fitted
  • Exterior treated to a bare metal respray

The Appeal

The once-ubiquitous Morris Minor was hugely a successful model in the British Motor Corporation range, being the first British car to sell over a million units. They remain extremely popular to this day, with a loyal following and almost unparalleled parts availability. 

This particular Morris benefits from being fitted with a later 1098cc engine and gearbox to give it a little extra power. A brake servo has also been fitted and the paint has been resprayed, onto a bare metal shell. 

So this is now a very practical and drivable example of a Morris Minor, which should be easy to drive in modern traffic. It will be sure to brighten your day when you hear the distinctive burble form its exhaust and it will certainly raise a smile from onlookers in the street. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 11th April 1961
  • One registered former keeper
  • Previously restored, including a bare-metal respray
  • Extensive invoices for parts and servicing
  • Original driver’s handbook
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • V5C in vendor’s name
  • Previously sold in 1974 for £100

The Interior

  • Early dashboard and ‘banjo’ steering wheel
  • Centrally mounted speedometer
  • Lucas pull switches
  • Door cards clean and tidy, with speakers fitted to the front doors
  • Chrome door furniture in good condition
  • The front seats have been re-covered
  • Four inertia reel seatbelts fitted 
  • Spacious boot with full size spare wheel and storage beneath the floor
  • The red carpets look well preserved
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Electric screenwash pump fitted
  • Gearstick extended

The Exterior 

  • Subject to a bare metal respray 
  • Finished in the fetching shade of Old English White
  • Very few stone chips or scratches to be seen
  • Chrome bumpers, headlamp bezels and ‘hockey stick’ trim pieces in good condition
  • A little pitting on some of the chrome trim
  • Charming ‘clap hands’ windscreen wipers
  • Underside clean and tidy
  • Steel wheels in good condition, and the tyres retain good tread
  • The rubber seals look fresh and smart

The Mechanics 

  • 1098cc engine, which has reportedly received new main and big end bearings, duplex timing chain, water pump
  • Later ‘Ribbed case’ gearbox
  • New clutch
  • Telescopic front dampers fitted
  • Servo assisted drum brakes
  • The car is said to drive very well
  • The engine bay looks clean and tidy 
  • Underneath, the running gear looks to be in good condition, with some components repainted
  • A quantity of spare parts is included
  • Later, improved cylinder head included
  • There are plenty of invoices for servicing on file


A very useable example with sensible upgrades and charming early features.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Morris
  • Model Minor
  • Colour Old English White
  • Odometer 11,299 Miles
  • Engine size 1098
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Llanelli
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • pe•••• £5,600 30/03/23
  • ji•••• £5,500 30/03/23
  • pe•••• £5,400 30/03/23
  • ji•••• £5,300 30/03/23
  • pe•••• £5,200 30/03/23
  • ji•••• £5,100 30/03/23
  • pe•••• £5,000 30/03/23
  • ol•••• £3,100 30/03/23
  • pr•••• £3,000 29/03/23
  • sh•••• £2,700 29/03/23

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