1929 Morris Minor OHC Semi-Sports

Make: Morris
Model: Minor OHC Semi-Sports
Year: 1929
Registration Number: GU 1342
Chassis Number: M 4591
Engine Number: 5131 A
MOT Test Expiry: 14 March 2016 / Exempt
Sold For: £9900

Lot No: 243

The original Morris Minor arrived in 1928, in direct competition with the phenomenon that was the Austin Seven. The model was equipped with cable brakes, a three speed gearbox and an 847cc, over-head camshaft engine, based on a design by Wolseley, which in 1932 was replaced with a side-valve unit for the final year of the Minor’s production. The petite sports car had a 48” wheelbase and initially had just two body styles – a two door saloon and a four-seat tourer – but during its production, up to twelve were offered, including the arrival of a van in 1930. It is interesting to note that the specification of the Morris Minor Semi-Sports is almost identical to the ‘M’ Type MG, of which it was the prototype. Sadly many OHC Minors were converted to ‘M’ Type MGs and thus the Semi-Sports became a rarer and sought after model.

This example was the subject of a body-off rebuild in 2003 and is in excellent condition throughout. David Cooksey, the recognised vintage Minor expert, rebuilt GU 1342 in 2003 for the present owner. A 1929 tourer chassis was fitted with a new ash frame, and original components were used throughout. The cost of the rebuild was in excess of £18,000. Alterations from standard specification were limited to the conversion to 12 volt and the Bowdenex brake cables. The engine was completely rebuilt with a Phoenix crankshaft, MG rods and a sports camshaft. The Minor is recognised as vintage by the issue of a VSCC Buff form.

On a recent road test, the Minor started immediately and drove very well. Your writer can confirm that the brakes and steering were very responsive and the lively engine ran very smoothly. The Morris remains in exceptional condition, having been in the ownership of a leading member of the Vintage Sports Car Club. It has competed successfully in many club events, including the renowned Club Trials and is available now only due to the vendor’s decision to reduce his collection.

A comprehensive spares package is included in the sale with such important items as front and back axles, four spare wheels, two with special trials tyres, a crownwheel and pinion fully assembled, a cylinder head, and a set of four road springs etc. Weather equipment is also supplied, with side screens stowed behind the seats. The history file includes the V5C registration certificate, the RF60 registration book, an original manual, Vintage Minor Register and Morris Register information, a copy of the ‘Light Car and Cycle Car’ 1930 road tests, photographs and MOT test certificates.

Altogether, the Morris represents a very useable and enjoyable light car.

Auction Date: 15 October 2015