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1961 Morris Minor 1000

Chassis number : M/A2S 3 L 1000001

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Sold for $30,250 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
The one-millionth Morris Minor rolled off BMC's assembly line at the plant in Cowley, Oxford on December 22, 1960. This was a very impressive milestone and represented the first British automobile to ever achieve this capacity. In celebration, Morris produced a small series of special Minors, officially named the 'Minor Million.' Each example was finished in a special Lilac paint and outfitted with white leather interior with black piping, special chrome wheel trims, and hood and trunk badges.

This particular example was built on December 13th of 1960, just nine days before the actual millionth Minor was built. This car is chassis number 1000001 and was the first Million built. In total, there were a total of 349 commemorative Millions built with just 21 of those being sent to the North American market, in left-hand-drive configuration. This car is one of only of two North American cars built on the first day of production, and is most likely the car that to the United States (the other was sent to Canada). 320 examples were home-market RHD examples, with one being produced for each Morris dealer's showroom.

The Million Minors were produced from December 13th to the 22nd, with the final 19 North American cans being produced at the close of production.

This car, chassis number 1000001, may have been the car that was put on display at the 1961 New York Auto Show. The early ownership history is not known. In 1978, it was discovered near San Francisco by two enthusiasts who had answered a newspaper ad. At the time, the car was in poor condition, with a dented roof and wearing flat-black primer paint.

Over the years that followed, this car was owned by many owners before coming into the car of automobile restorer Dave Adams. Mr. Adams undertook a rotisserie restoration. The car has been completely rebuilt. It has a correct 948 cubic-centimeter engine and transmission, a new exhaust, a new brake master and new wheel cylinders, drums, and lines; a rebuilt fuel system; and a new wiring harness with rebuilt date-correct electrical components.

The work was completed in June of 214 and has covered less than 50 miles since the work was finished. It has been shown four times in the Northwest, winning the Best Paint award at the National Micro Car Show at the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Best in Class at the 2014 Forest Grove Concours d' Elegance, Best in Class at the All-British Field Meet in Portland, and the Pioneer's Award at the Lake Oswego Heritage Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2015

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2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $45,000 
Sale Price :
USD $30,250

1961 Morris Minor 1000 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Morris Minor 1000

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller
Chassis#: M/AW3L 676973
Sold for USD$14,575
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$23,100
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000 Pickup
Chassis#: 0FU1125388
Sold for USD$12,375
  2020 H & H - Imperial War Museum Duxford
 
1961 MORRIS MINI MINOR
Sold for USD$22,500
  2019 Coys - True Greats 2019
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000 Saloon
Chassis#: MA253921136
Sold for USD$4,276
  2019 H & H Classic Car
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000 Saloon
Chassis#: MA253921136
Sold for USD$4,417
  2019 H & H - Classic Car
 
1961 Morris Minor 2-Door Saloon
Sold for USD$7,935
  2017 Shannons - Melbourne Spring Classic
 
1961 Morris Mini Minor
Chassis#: M-A2S4/42260
Sold for USD$10,948
  2017 Anglia Auction
 
1961 Morris Minor Convertible
Sold for USD$4,195
  2016 Anglia Auction
 
1961 Morris Minor
Sold for USD$2,887
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000 ‘The One Millionth Car'.
Chassis#: MA2S3 1000000
Sold for USD$25,760
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$3,307
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$8,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000000
Chassis#: M/A2S 3 L 1000001
Sold for USD$30,250
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1961 Morris Mini-Minor MKI DeLuxe
Chassis#: M-A2S4-D/89179
Sold for USD$14,101
  2014 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show 2014
 
1961 MORRIS MINI MINOR
Chassis#: MA2S4L34624
Sold for USD$20,500
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
 
1961 MORRIS MINOR 948C
Sold for USD$625
  2013 Anglia Auction - Souther Ireland
 
1961 Morris Mini Minor
Chassis#: MA254/78299
Sold for USD$7,560
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1961 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$5,000
  2013 MidAmerica Auctions - 27th Annual Twin Cities Classic Car Auction
 
1961 Morris Minor Convertible
Chassis#: MAT3879566
Sold for USD$18,967
  2013 H & H - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 

Morris Minor 1000s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1961 Morris Minor 1000's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Morris Minor 1000 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$9,000  
1961 Morris Minor 1000 SaloonM-AS3/8835762003 Bonhams A Sale of Selected British Motor Cars By Order of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust $1,000$1,500

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