Hidden Morris Minor discovered in Harrogate garage after 50 years

  1. March 8, 2015 2:17 pm

A classic brown Morris Minor 1000 has been uncovered in a Harrogate garage, having not been driven for almost 50 years.

According to a report in the Ripon Gazette the vintage motor has been kept in mint condition and, despite a time lapse of nearly half a century since it was purchased, the car has only 190 miles on the clock.

The newspaper states that the owner was overly cautious about driving his pride and joy, so he used his Morris Traveller instead and kept the Minor tucked up in his Harrogate garage. And it seems that is where it stayed

The car will shortly go to auction and is expected to fetch a sum between £7,000 and £10,000. This price is significantly greater than the original purchase cost, which is detailed in the receipt from Kennings Harrogate Ltd. This shows that this hermetic Morris Minor 1000 cost a princely sum of £656 back in 1968, when a gallon of petrol cost 30p.

Auctioneer Fran Hazlewood from CW Harrison and Son where the car will be sold said that there has been a lot of interest in the vehicle:

“It is such a unique car, kept in such good condition, everyone is going mad for it. We can’t find anything to compare it too.

“It is just so unique, and beautifully kept, you can tell people haven’t been sitting on the leather seats and throwing their shopping in the boot.”

The lucky buyer will also get a selection of pristine Morris Minor spare parts and tools which were also secreted away in their Harrogate garage

Do you have any treasures – automotive or other – hidden away in your garage, shed or attic? Who knows what else there is lying under a dusty blanket in Harrogate!

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