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1959 Morris Minor 1000

Chassis number : M/AW3L 778216

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Sold for $52,250 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
The Mini Minor, the brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonic, was developed in 1943 but made its official debut at London's 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. It came equipped with a 23 brake horsepower, 918 cubic centimeter pre-war Morris 8 flathead four cylinder engine. The early cars were sold as two-door sedans and convertibles, with a four-door sedan joining the list in 1950, which was the same time the headlights were moved up from the grille to the fenders in order to comply with U.S. regulations. In 1952, Austin and Morris merged and the Minor gained Austin's 30 brake horsepower, 803 cubic centimeter, overhead-valve engine, giving the car better acceleration and a higher top speed.

In 1953, the Morris Traveller was introduced. This was a wood-framed station wagon with the wood body fashioned after the American woody wagons, while retaining its British heritage. It had split rear doors, sliding windows at the side, and aluminum panels behind the front doors. Between 1953 and 1971, 215,328 examples of the Traveller were produced

In 1956, the Minor gained a close-ratio gearbox, a curved windshield, a large back window, and a horizontal barred grille. It was also given a BMC A-Series engine of 948 cubic centimeters, which boosted its top speed to 70 mph.

This particular example is finished in a cream color and was given a comprehensive frame-off restoration, where it received completely new wood. The restoration work was completed prior to the current caretaker purchasing the car 15 years ago.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015

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2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $60,000 
Sale Price :
USD $52,250

1959 Morris Minor 1000 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Morris Minor 1000

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 MORRIS MINOR 1000 TRAVELLER
Chassis#: FLA552122
Sold for USD$28,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$12,000
  2019 GAA : March 2019
 
1959 Morris Minor Series III Convertible
Sold for USD$18,700
  2018 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1959 Morris Minor
Sold for USD$11,750
  2017 GAA : March
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible
Chassis#: FCA47577349
Sold for USD$16,500
  2017 The Finest : Boca Raton
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$3,630
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1959 Morris Minor Convertible
Chassis#: FCD4636462
Sold for USD$16,000
  2015 Mecum : Monterey
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1959 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller
Chassis#: M/AW3L 778216
Sold for USD$52,250
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1959 Morris Minor 1000 image  1959 Morris Minor 1000 image  
1959 MORRIS MINOR 1000 TOURER
Chassis#: M/AT3L 717264
Sold for USD$16,500
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
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1959 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$1,400
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000 (948cc)
Chassis#: M-A2S3/770265
Sold for USD$300
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1959 Morris Minor Kingston
Sold for USD$4,350
  2015 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000
Sold for USD$2,517
  2014 Anglia Auction
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000 Traveler
Sold for USD$19,000
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1959 Morris Minor Convertible
Sold for USD$17,000
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000 Woody Traveller
Sold for USD$20,000
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1959 MORRIS MINI MINOR SALOON PROJECT
Chassis#: M/A2S4/5456
Sold for USD$10,570
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1959 Morris Minor 1000 Saloon
Chassis#: 7A2S3769073
Sold for USD$909
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1959 Morris Mini Minor Saloon
Chassis#: M/A2S4/629
Sold for USD$10,377
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1959 MORRIS MINOR 2 DOOR COUPE
Chassis#: MA2S3L679172
Sold for USD$11,275
  2012 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
 

Morris Minor 1000s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1959 Morris Minor 1000's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 MORRIS MINOR 2018 McCormick's # 65$9,000  
1959 Morris MinorMA253757692015 Barons Auction : Annual Yuletide Classic   
1959 MORRIS MINOR ROADSTER 2014 Mecum Kansas City$18,000  
1959 Morris Minor Pickup CustomJ4838112014 Russo & Steele Scottsdale   
1959 Morris Minor Pro Street 2013 Silver Auction Arizona in the Fall$17,000  
1959 MORRIS MINOR TWO DOOR 2003 Kruse Auction Ft.Myers, Fl$3,500  

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