1965 Morris Minor Traveller


  • A charming and highly original example of this much-loved practical classic
  • A low owner car with just five keepers to date and a sensible original mileage
  • Presenting in a popular colourway with the woodwork diligently maintained

The Appeal

After the catastrophic upheavals caused by World War II countries across the world were focussed on getting their economies back on their feet. This movement spawned many iconic cars including the VW Beetle, Citroen 2CV, Fiat 500, and in Britain, the Morris Minor.

 A young designer called Alec Issigonis was set to work by Morris on a project called “Mosquito.” This project went on to become the Morris Minor. Issigonis summed up his design brief as aiming to create a car "the average man would take pleasure in owning, rather than feeling of it as something he'd been sentenced to."  Originally only available in a saloon configuration, the estate Traveller model joined the range in 1953.

This example appears to be a very honest and original car. It appears to have been well cared for by a low number of owners. Importantly for a Traveller, the iconic woodwork seems to have been diligently cared for and presents very well indeed.

The History and Paperwork

  • This example rolled out of Cowley at the start of 1965
  • The chassis number reveals it to be from the series V production run 
  • The prefixes reveal it to be a right-hand drive Traveller
  • The original owner appears to have retained the car right up until 1985
  • The second owner kept the car until 2014 – a full 29 years
  • The current owner acquired the car in 2022 to become just the fifth owner
  • There is a good level of paperwork on hand
  • This includes the V5 in the name of the owner
  • This classifies the Minor as an Historic Vehicle
  • As such the car is considered VED and MOT exempt in the UK
  • Despite this, the Minor has a current MOT valid until September 2024
  • This is an advisory free test for optimum reassurance
  • Numerous invoices for parts and services acquired are also present

The Interior

  • The interior appears to be highly original and in a fine, overall condition
  • The seats are covered in textured light blue vinyl
  • This is formed into vertical box pleats and matching piping adorns the seat edges
  • No splits, tears or area of wear were noted
  • The front seats pivot forward to allow access to the rear seat
  • The rear bench is identically trimmed and equally well presented
  • The door cards and side panels are well trimmed in matching vinyl
  • The carpets are in a complementary hue and present very well
  • They are edge bound and seem to be in an excellent condition
  • The light headlining is tightly fitted and clean and presentable
  • The rudimentary dashboard is formed from body coloured painted steel
  • Two gloveboxes, one lidded, provide storage each side
  • In the centre of the dash is the single, large gauge
  • This is a combined speedometer and fuel gauge with in-built warning lights
  • A handful of push/pull buttons are situated here also
  • The original Bakelite two spoke steering wheel is fitted
  • Below the dashboard is a full width storage shelf
  • Access to the luggage compartment is afforded via twin, outward opening doors
  • This capacious area is split horizontally to form two compartments
  • The luggage area is finished with fitted vinyl and polished metal protective strips 
  • The lower compartment houses the spare wheel, tyre, tools and jack

The Exterior

  • This example presents in it’s a fine-looking Smoke Grey hue
  • Given its thick and smooth condition it seems likely it has been previously resprayed
  • The paintwork looks to be in a surprisingly good order throughout
  • Likewise, the curvaceous bodywork
  • The panel gaps appear tight and symmetrical for this vintage of car
  • A thin coachline is present on the extruded side strip
  • The brightwork appears to be clean and shiny throughout
  • Light lenses and cabin glass all appear original and in fine order
  • All marque and model badges seem to be present and correct
  • The wooden frame looks great and is reported to be in fine order
  • In its current ownership it has been diligently oiled with a sun resistant oi
  • The Minor rides on a set of 14-inch steel wheels
  • These have recently been refurbished
  • These are painted off-white and are, consequently, very well presented
  • These are centred with a set of chromed, domed hub caps
  • The wheels are shod with a matching set of new Firestone radial type tyres

The Mechanics

  • By the time of this Series V car the Minor used the 1098cc A series engine
  • This served to significantly improve the Minor’s performance
  • Top speed increased from 77mph, and the drive was generally more responsive
  • The 0-60mph time was reduced to well under 30 seconds
  • The gearbox boasted taller ratios, too, for more relaxed cruising
  • A four-speed gearbox transferred the 37bhp to the rear wheels
  • This Minor has benefited from plenty of mechanical attention in current ownership
  • Highlights include a new clutch and stainless-steel silencer
  • Wheel bearings, brake hoses and suspension bushes are also new
  • A new fuel pump and handbrake cables are also reported
  • Hazard warning lights and two speed wipers have been fitted
  • The current owner attests to the car running very well with no known issues
  • The under-bonnet condition looks highly original
  • The expected data plates appear to be present
  • The inner panels and bulkhead look to be solid and clean
  • The owner has had the engine removed and the bay fully detailed
  • As such this engine bay is surely a potential prize winner
  • The underside looks straight and well undersealed 


Like “mass mobilisation” cars from other geographies, the Morris Minor went on to have a long production run being produced between 1948 and 1971. During that period over 1.6 million Morris Minors were built and sold. Like many cars of this era, however, the Minor is becoming an increasingly rare sight on our roads today. 

This is especially true of the wood clad Traveller with many having succumb to terminal rot of the wooden frame. Its combination of simplicity, character and practicality make it a superb low-cost ownership proposition. 

This example is notable for its originality, honesty and fine presentation. The interior appears highly original and entirely faithful to Issigonis’s original “big car interior in a small car” ethos. In a ready to use and enjoy condition, this Minor offers the perfect entre into the fascinating world of classic car ownership.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Morris
  • Model Minor Traveller
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 86,166 Miles
  • Engine size 1098
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Southampton
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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