1931 Morris Minor Two Seat Sports Tourer

Make: Morris
Model: Minor Two Seat Sports Tourer
Year: 1931
Registration Number: KJ 4483
Chassis Number: SV11301
Engine Number: 11658A
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £10450

Lot No: 303

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.

First registered in Kent on the 31st of December 1931, the supplying dealer Baker & Co Ltd (which was taken over by Caffyns Ltd in 1935) sold this example to its first owner, a Mr J Hurst. The present custodian has maintained the Minor to a high standard throughout his ownership of the motor car, and has used and enjoyed it regularly. Recent work carried out has included an engine de-coke, the regrinding of the valves and the fitting of new cylinder head studs, core plugs, head gasket and battery. The clutch has been replaced and the steering box overhauled. The vendor describes the tyres as excellent; the wood dashboard has been renewed (but the instrument panel is original) – the starter button is now mounted on the right-hand side of the dashboard. We understand that the weather equipment is in good, serviceable condition, with new side screens and a hood bag.

The history file contains a handbook, a Pitmans book, invoices, data, a quantity of MOT test certificates and the V5C registration certificate. The road tax classification for this motor car is 'historic'.

We believe that this attractive Minor is a 1932 season model, powered by the 847cc side valve engine.