Project Description

Morris Mini Traveller

A frame-off - MK1 Morris Mini-Minor Traveller - nut & bolt restoration.






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History File

Our 1965 MK1 Morris Mini Traveller was initially registered in England on the 18th of June 1965 as CDX602C, according to the cars original UK V5 registration document. Chassis number MAW4753402 would exchange hands several times over the next 20 years before finding its way to Germany as a personal export in the late 1980’s. The initial German owner, who would never register the car, apparently just ran out of steam with his planned restoration before selling to Seventy Seven Classic Cars in Germany, who would not only restore the car back to its former glory, but would retain and use it as a company car for almost 25 years and convert it to LHD. Prior to its eventual German registration on the 12th of February 1999, a nut and bolt, frame off restoration would take place which is nicely documented in a neat Photo Album. In 2020, the car finds its second German owner but, not before a fresh restoration was carried out and overseen by the previous owners, Seventy Seven Classic Cars, which included another frame-off respray and complete engine and brake overhaul, all fully documented. The result is simply sublime with the underside of the car nicely detailed confirming the love invested in the ‘wee box’. Any new potential owner will be absolutely thrilled. The car was allocated a worthy Condition 2+ by Classic Data in August 2020.


Finished in its original factory colour of Old English White, our MK1 Morris Mini example has undergone a frame-off respray restoration starting in 2018, which would culminate in the spring of 2020. Naturally, the chassis cavities received a comprehensive Waxoyl treatment. All wood elements have been beautifully restored, contrasting nicely against the white exterior. Mini aficionados will spot the correct Morris grill (non-crinkle) and original Morris bonnet badge, confirming the cars Cowley factory origins. Both chrome bumpers are in fine condition and enthusiast will note the correct front bumper with corner protectors. Possibly not original, the car now has two appropriate chrome door mirrors, which were often fitted to the wings. Both are in perfect condition.


The ‘roomy-red’ interior is a joy! It’s dominated by the cars MK1 specification central oval dashboard with: central speedo (integrated tank gauge); oil pressure gauge; temperature gauge. That’s it! Combined red PVC seats and red carpets contrast well against the exterior Old English White and wood. But there are three war wounds on the rear seats that have received spot repairs, otherwise it’s all fine. The appropriate cream-crackle coloured roof-lining is first class and was newly applied during the 2018/19 restoration. All 4 windows slide back and forth with ease a new heater valve was fitted in March 2020 to compliment the simple: car – screen – off controls. A correct off-set gear leaver is combined with a now changed 13” comfortable steering wheel.

Engine & Transmission

The original UK V5 registration document shows an 848cc 34bhp powertrain with an engine number UH959261 which is sadly no longer with the car and would appear to have been changed in the UK prior to leaving the island for Germany in the late 1980’s. The current 848cc engine block undertook a complete rebuild when initially restored in the 1990’s but, also again in 2019, including a complete re-bore with new pistons; water pump; camshaft; valve seat inserts; cylinder-head cleaned and planed; converted to lead-free; new suspension bushes all round. Both front and rear axles and the gearbox have been completely overhauled.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

A complete brake overhaul was completed in 2019 including new drums, break cylinders (all-round) and new hoses. The renovated 10” steel wheels and hubcaps are covered in suitable tyres with ample tread.

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