1968 Morris Minor Traveler.
The current owners purchased this little right-hand drive in England in 2010, the woody wagon will take your family in style.
The Hagerty Insurance Valuation tools lists sedans and convertibles but not the Traveller. NADA does list all the models and I found it interesting to note the values have increased a few thousand dollars in the few months we’ve had the car listed.
The Positive Side – The coolness factor is beyond measure.
Quite solid underneath and a very nice driver.
Right Hand Drive.
Four seater with nice storage in the rear. Rear access is through 2 barn style doors.
In 1968 the car was still badged as a 1000 but the engine was upgraded to the 1098cc (1100). The electrical system is negative ground.
Equipped with power brakes. seat belts, heater, and radio with door speakers.
A temperature gauge has been added under the dash to monitor the engine temp.
Includes a Haynes Service manual and a box of small spares.
A towing trailer hitch has been fitted. Not sure about a trailer weight limit rating but a tiny caravan, small wooden boat or utility trailer would be sharp!
Still has the Black swivel ashtray mounted under the parcel shelf!
Parts and spares availability is very good in the US. Repairs and service is generally straightforward and simple.
There is a Morris Minor Registry to join for those so minded and I think the 70th anniversary celebration is taking place in the UK this year.
The Down Side – The paint is showing it’s age with lots of small dents, dings and blemishes.
Right Hand Drive.
Some minor body rust, the worst part is on the lower LH (passenger) door.
The wood, while mostly good, has a few spots that are punky (soft) and quite a few areas of discoloration.
The tires are 155/80R 14” and the date is from 2005. I didn’t see evidence of dry rot and there is plenty of tread remaining but due to age and hardness, a new set of tires will improve the ride immensely.
The interior is nice, panels, carpets and seats in serviceable condition with drivers seat being the worst with a couple of tears. Headliner is okay, a good cleaning is needed.
The car has a cool radio antenna on the roof but at one time had a LH fender mounted antenna that has the remains of the base still in place.
All in all, the Traveller needs to be driven and a new home!! Come check it out!
Traveler’s were built until 1971. Total production in 1968 for the Traveller was 1,385.
Total production on all Morris Minors was 1,619,958 built over 22 years.
Hagerty Insurance lists out a great description of the Morris I think is interesting to include:1958 Morris Minor Conv
History of the 1956-1971 Morris Minor 1000
The Morris Minor was a milestone of automotive accomplishment for not only Great Britain but for the world. It was Britain’s first million-unit seller, making it a true “people’s car” with over 1.5 million built before production ceased. It began production in 1948, but the 1000 series discussed here began production in 1956 with the then-new A-series 948-cc overhead-valve engine of 37 hp. These cars were also recognizable by their standard one-piece windshield, along with Minor 1000 badging. The final engine upgrade occurred in 1962, when a 49-hp A-series engine of 1,098 cc became standard. The badging remained 1000, however, in a bid for familiarity with prospective customers.
Designed by Alec Issigonis, later of Mini design fame, the Minor 1000 had performance that eventually extended to a top speed of 70 mph, slightly faster than the 1,200 cc Volkswagen Beetle of the same era. The chassis was well ahead of its time, with rack-and-pinion steering, torsion-bar front suspension and unitary welded one-piece body sans separate frame.
The car was available in two-door sedan or four-door sedan body styles, as well as the now much loved and collectible Traveller “woodie” two-door station wagon and two-door convertible. The convertible had side rails surrounding side glass in much the same way that the 1950s Nash Rambler did. There were pickup truck and van versions that were sold in England as well. Imports into the States trickled down to nearly nothing by the late 1960s.
In Britain, these cars are ubiquitous at collector car events in much the same way that 1955–57 Chevrolets or early Mustangs are in North America, but in North America they are much less common. The kind of people who bought Minors new were typically people who didn’t want the idiosyncrasies of Volkswagen Beetles, but who appreciated well-engineered, conventional small cars. For such a diminutive car, rarity and a loyal following make for higher values than you’d think, especially in the United States where they are rarer than in England. As with most cars, convertibles tend to be valued most highly, and the Traveler woodies are treated with the same adoration as the similarly laden Minis.