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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 25 Oct 2018, 18:38

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The year I was born... I'd rather have the other car born at the same time as me though - the Mini :)

Wasn't the 105E Anglia also born in 1959?


yes here’s a couple of pages from the brochure you would have been given if you walked into the Showroom in 1959

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 25 Oct 2018, 18:52

Austin we’re looking years ahead with their range round about that time. Including that Austin Seven :)

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by white exec » 25 Oct 2018, 19:18

Back in the 70s, I drove a Healey 3000 for an hour or so.
Agricultural, gruff, gutsy and shook like stink. All the refinement of a Kubota.
Always did fancy an MGBGTV8, though...

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 25 Oct 2018, 19:37

The Morris mini minor was wizardry on wheels according to its sales brochure

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The full brochure is here

https://www.classiccarcatalogue.com/MORRIS%201959.html

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2018, 04:08

Just loving those sales brochures :D

Modern brochures just don't cut it compared to those...

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 26 Oct 2018, 06:23

whichoneiswhich?

Simple little test 50/50 chance of getting it right

1959 saw the "mini" appear in "Morris mini minor" and "Austin Seven" form.
So which one of these Speedo's is the Morris?
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The Austin is the cream, the Morris is the silver
For other subtle differences like the button on the handbrake lever have a look at this

http://1959miniregister.com/1959-build-variations/

Interesting to note the use of "compressed cardboard" for the speedo housing. Probably an underused material in your "modern" car.

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2018, 07:45

Wow! Never realised the subtle differences between Austin and Morris speedos!

Interesting link too... For obvious reasons I'm always interested in anything 1959 :)

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by white exec » 26 Oct 2018, 08:01

My first Mini was a 1959 Morris.
Bought it as a body for £15 in 1969. It was plum red, and was sitting on four small oil drums in a front garden in Lymm, Cheshire.
Discovered it was a very early one, with a chassis number of 600-and-something. Factory started numbering at 101, so this made it one of the first 500, which were built of a different steel . . . which didn't rust, and never did!
Became my first rebuild special, ending up resprayed black, as an 1100TC and later auto, with P6 front seats and servo brakes. All huge fun, and was our transport for most of the 70s, along with a Rover P5.

September 1959 was when I started out at Grammar School in Ealing, getting there by Trolleybus.

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2018, 09:13

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My first Mini was a 1959 Morris.



My first Mini (and first car) was a 1964 Austin in Old English White :D

I can even remember the registration: EPL605B

A very special car to me :)

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 26 Oct 2018, 14:24

CitroJim wrote:
26 Oct 2018, 09:13

My first Mini (and first car) was a 1964 Austin in Old English White :D

I can even remember the registration: EPL605B

A very special car to me :)


Did it have hydrolastic suspension? Your PL registration was a Surrey one and they started Issuing the EPL reg with a B plate in October 1964 so I reckon EPL605B would be late 1964, and more likely than not to be hydrolastic!

and just for gratuitous picture's sake 1964 also saw the new model Austin 1800 arrive

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2018, 15:53

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
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Did it have hydrolastic suspension?


No, it was a rubber one Neil, must have been a late rubber one on that basis :)

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by Zelandeth » 27 Oct 2018, 22:26

I still enjoy the fact that the Invacar has a similarly reverse raked rear windscreen to the Anglia.

First time I saw a Morris badged Mini it really did confuse me, never occurred to me that such a thing existed until I found one at a show.

Seem to have been quite a few nice motors popping up in auctions lately. Need to start noting them down!

I really did have to sit on my hands to stop me bidding on an early Metro that I saw not long back...it went for well over a grand though so out of my league really.

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 28 Oct 2018, 05:21

Zelandeth wrote:
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I really did have to sit on my hands to stop me bidding on an early Metro that I saw not long back...it went for well over a grand though so out of my league really.


Gosh! Was that an MG or just a standard 'cooking' Metro?

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 28 Oct 2018, 08:16

white exec wrote:
26 Oct 2018, 08:01
My first Mini was a 1959 Morris.
Bought it as a body for £15 in 1969. It was plum red, and was sitting on four small oil drums in a front garden in Lymm, Cheshire.
Discovered it was a very early one, with a chassis number of 600-and-something. Factory started numbering at 101, so this made it one of the first 500, which were built of a different steel . . . which didn't rust, and never did!
Became my first rebuild special, ending up resprayed black, as an 1100TC and later auto, with P6 front seats and servo brakes. All huge fun, and was our transport for most of the 70s, along with a Rover P5.


There must be some old photo's of it Chris which are diggable-out. :-D

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Re: Classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by white exec » 28 Oct 2018, 08:20

Our '59 Mini had Moulton rubber suspension, and a later '70 Mini 1000 had Hydrolastic. Don't think the H. really suited the short wheelbase, and the ride was not as leech-like as the rubber. It did work well on the 1100/1300s we had, but those were never driven as sportily as 105WMM.