We're excited to offer this “One of a Kind” Morris that has just become available for sale. Totally restored with excellent paint and chrome, an upgraded 1,275cc engine and a Ford 5-speed tranny. This car has suspension and brake upgrades and much, much more.
During the restoration in Florida, this sedan was converted to a convertible using a factory specification conversion kit sourced from Morris Minor Specialists.
The body upgrades include the correct convertible bracing under the dash, on the B-posts and underneath as required to strengthen a sedan body to become a convertible. The car has been repainted a Mint Green. I’m told it is a 1955 Chevrolet color, but it belongs on this car. It looks right and I don’t understand why it wasn’t a factory color. The paint is beautiful, in excellent condition, with no defects I can find. The chrome is better than factory.
The fenders have white beading along the body. Wing mirrors are fitted to both doors. Under the bonnet, the paint and finish are awesome. The undersides of the car are immaculate. They are sealed with POR 15.
The white vinyl hood is in excellent condition. It’s mounted on a grey frame. A white boot covers the top when it’s down, giving it a finished look. The trunk is finished in black vinyl with spare tire and car cover.
The engine has been upgraded from the original 998cc to a 1,275cc, rebuilt with a mild camshaft, a 3-pipe header and 40DCOE side draft Weber carburetor coupled to a T9 Ford 5-Speed transmission. This super Morris also has a high-output gear-reduction starter, a high-output coil, a larger radiator, a larger seven-gallon fuel tank and a stainless steel exhaust system.
The interior is upholstered in a medium brown, with matching seats and panels. The carpets are black. All are in first-class condition. The dash is painted to match the car. It has the standard center speedometer with a gold face. Tastefully added to the dash is an AM/FM CD player mounted in front of the passenger. In front of the driver are a temperature gauge, a tachometer and an oil pressure gauge. All have white faces.
The wiring harness was completely replaced and upgraded with relays, a two-speed wiper system including windshield washer, interior lighting and the proper warning lights. All lights and gauges work. A custom drawn wiring diagram is included specifically for this car.
The brakes are power assisted. The front brakes have been converted from drum brakes to disc brakes. Rear brakes are standard drums. Wheels are 13” X 5.5” high quality Superlite Mags (similar to Panasport wheels). They have powder coated silver centers with polished out rims, very sharp. The 155 R80 13 are in very good condition, although their age is unknown -- I haven’t found a date code.
The differential gearing was changed from the 4.2:1 ratio to a later 3.9:1 ratio. The suspension features new stock front shocks, tubular rear shocks and sway bars.
We serviced this car last year (I fell in love driving it) and recently the owner discovered he was no longer able to use it as he has in the past and decided to offer the car to a new owner. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Morris Minors. I have one myself, (a ‘66 Van).
This little jewel runs and drives great. It can cruise at 65mph, no problem.
This car is a show winner, a joy to drive and will turn heads everywhere you go.
note: The speedometer has not yet been calibrated to the upgraded drive train.
1960 Morris 1000
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.
<From Hagerty Insurance>