Car & Classic Dealer

Martin Howey Classics

Thirsk Yorkshire


THIS 1961 Minor convertible - a correct MAT chassis number and therefore a factory built drop head - has had just two owners from new and has covered just 31, 000 miles. The original owner kept the old girl for the first 23 years of its life, covering close on 30, 000 miles down on the south coast. The second owner - a lady local to me - purchased her in 1984 and in 38 years of ownership, she informs me that she has covered somewhere in the region of 1, 000 miles!

So, low owners and low miles. What's not to like. She is very much an original classic however she comes with all the features of the early Moggies prior to 1963 when they were "modernised". For example, we have the famous "clap hand" wipers, leather seats, light bronze speedo calibrated to 80 mph, early switch gear including pull start, small rear lights, twin glove boxes etc. She drives superbly and is one of the best 950cc Minors I have driven. Bags of pep and with little, indeed probably nothing, in the way of shake, rattle and roll on the road! She is a bonny thing - by the way the burgundy coloured hood is in excellent condition - and a real eye catcher. Underside looks original and strong. MoTs going back 16 years fail to show any problems relating to structure. She could be tidied up a little around the edges with a weekend's fettling and a new set of carpets would transform the old girl as they are as old as she is! Front seats have been re-trimmed and the rear seat would respond to some leather feed.

She has a current MoT (no advisories) until July 2023.

My classic cars are motoring antiques. Please do not confuse them with your one-year-old Range Rover. This car, for example, is 61-years-old and so will have quirks and faults in there somewhere. These are not always apparent when buying and selling classics which is what I do. I do not restore them, nor do I pretend that they are concours cars. The majority of them go out as they came in, and I continue to enjoy finding more - a skill which is becoming increasingly difficult as many of you will be aware. They deserve to be taken on as "family pets" and cared for through thick and then. They don't make them any more and demand now out-strips supply. Please bear all this in mind, and enjoy your classic car. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote.

I have now been established as a one-man band classic car dealer for 20 years and pride myself on my buying prowess and - due to small margins - my prices which I firmly believe are up there among the very best in the UK classic car marketplace. Martin. the details below.

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