Until seeing the advertisement for the Pick of the Day, I didn’t realize the Morris Minor was produced in such delightful and captivating convertible form. Nonetheless, this Pick of the Day, a 1960 Morris Minor Series III convertible, being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Solana Beach, California.
“This beautiful and collectible 1960 Morris Minor 1000 convertible is finished in white with a black soft top over a red interior,” the seller reports. “The car is powered by a replacement 948cc A-series inline-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. The motor runs extremely well and the transmission shifts perfectly.”
The seller adds that there is a 1½-inch tear in the top that was repaired with rubber cement by the previous owner, who also refurbished the interior with red upholstery, carpeting and door panels.
“Interior features include a banjo-style steering wheel, an under-dash-mounted heater, two in-dash storage compartments, and red door pulls,” the ad says. “A centrally mounted 80-mph Smiths speedometer includes a built-in fuel-level gauge and warning lights for oil pressure and ignition, as well as a high-beam indicator light.”
The seller notes that odometer shows little more than 6,000 miles, “approximately 3k of which were added by the seller, and true mileage is unknown.”
The engine, which is fed by a single SU carburetor, was sent to Bath, England, in 1991 for service and reconditioning. The seller says all service records for the Morris are included in the purchase. The asking price is $16,750.
Morris introduced the Minor as “the world’s supreme small car” in 1949. The engine was upgraded to the 37-horsepower BMC unit for 1957 with the launch of the Series III.
The Minor was designed by Alec Issigonis, who is best remembered for his Morris Mini.