1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649

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Lot 404
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon
Registration no. WXG 719 Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649

Sold for £ 5,520 (US$ 6,916) inc. premium
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon
Registration no. WXG 719
Chassis no. 49294
Engine no. 51649

Footnotes

  • Arguably the fondest-regarded of Britain's post-war saloons, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor was launched at the 1948 Motor Show. It was the first post-war Morris design, featuring unitary construction, torsion bar independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and a four-speed synchromesh gearbox, and was powered initially by the company's proven and reliable 918cc sidevalve four.

    This first-series (MM) Minor was first registered on 15th June 1950 and has just celebrated its 65th birthday in great shape. The earliest MM cars, such as this one, have low headlights and a split windscreen (the lights were raised in later cars to meet US regulations). This car also has the semaphore indicators ('trafficators') that always attract attention. Just before production, but after a large run of chrome bumpers had already been manufactured, Issigonis decided to widen the vehicle by about 4". The bumpers were therefore cut in half and a short painted spacer plate added, as seen on the rear of this car. Its first registration number was 'JCE  84' but this was later transferred and the present registration is the age-related 'WXG 719'.

    The Minor was purchased by the vendor in 1989 with about 30,000 miles on the odometer. In 1993 the entire body was stripped to bare metal and repaired where required, then re-sprayed in the original factory colour of Platinum Grey, with white coach lines to the sides of the body and wheels, a detail often missing after a re-spray. In 2002, the car was given a major service and a new brake master cylinder was fitted (see bills for over £7,000 on file). In the present 26-year ownership the car has only covered around 7,000 miles and has been kept in a dehumidified garage. Described by the vendor as having excellent bodywork and paint, a very original interior in good condition, mechanically reliable and easy to maintain, this is a very practical classic vehicle. MoT'd to May 2016, it comes with the aforementioned bills, old-style green logbook, V5C document and a quantity of tax discs and MoTs, the latter recording mileage over the last 30 years. A digital workshop manual, brand new seat covers (not fitted) and the original, jack, starting handle and spare wheel are included in the sale. The car will be driven to the sale by the vendor.
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1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
1950 Morris Minor MM Saloon  Chassis no. 49294 Engine no. 51649
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