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1966 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

First registered on 26th September 1966. Connie has celebrated her 41st Birthday with me, this year! This is a remarkable car that is absolutely gorgeous to look at, has an impeccable history and is an exceptional buy, either for a collector, or for everyday use. I seriously doubt you will find a cleaner, or more genuine, example on offer today, restored or not.

O.K., of course, She's my car and I want to sell her, but I am not exaggerating in this description. Come and have a look for yourself. There is nothing required except to drive and enjoy her. No work, inside or out.

SOLD!

• 130,000 Miles
• Manual transmission
• 4-cylinder engine

I think you'll find the following history of the car fascinating which I received upon purchasing the car:

History
Mr. Kemp of Staplehurst purchased Connie in 1966, from Caffyns, of Maidstone, UK. He had a new engine fitted in 1974 at 50000 miles and the speedometer was reset to zero. I have the full and well-stamped passport to service book until July 1981 when he sold it to Mr. Simmonds from the same town. Unfortunately, Mr. Simmonds was profoundly deaf and had trouble gauging the gear changes which led to his selling Connie to his most recent owner, Mr. Simkins, from nearby Tonbridge, in March 1982.

Mr. Simkins is sad to see Connie go but has decided in favour of a new car to tow his caravan and his family, now grown have opted for more child friendly modern vehicles. Hence Connie was languishing in the garage and used rarely. The family, having grown up with Connie, had expressed a wish to be kept in touch with the car and her new owners, if possible. (We can give their address, etc. to the new owner.)

Connie's proper name is Gallico, as this is what the new Morris model was to be called before the name 'Minor' came to be. 'Connie' is a more endearing name because she is finished in Connaught Green coachwork. Incidentally, you won't see another one this colour. She left the factory in Almond Green until her complete restoration in 1999. She looks superb, as I'm sure you will agree.

If you are looking for a car to tinker with, please don't buy Connie because you will soon be bored again.

The following warts and all description is as honest as we can get it. However, it is my car, my description and, whilst I stand by it, I am, of course, biased.

Bodywork
Metal: Immaculate. There is no rust, anywhere, on the bodywork. There are no signs of repairs, filler or any odd colours. All the important parts on the outer bodywork, i.e., A posts and B posts, sills, wing bottoms and door bottoms are perfect. In fact, sad as it may sound, I thoroughly enjoyed polishing the door shuts! All panels are steel.

There are a few blemishes and I'm not saying she is in totally concours condition. There are a couple of small bubbles to one gutter and one chip on one rear wing (these marks are hardly noticeable and I am being really critical here), that's about it.

The engine compartment is in original un-molested condition, completely sound but with a small amount of surface rust. The side cheeks and floor were undersealed many years ago, which has helped. The first impression under the bonnet is of a well-maintained and clean car. All serviceable items have been replaced along with most major renewable parts.

The underside, floor, chassis, sills, etc., are clean and in excellent sound condition. There is evidence of previous repairs, over the years that have been carried out neatly and professionally. There is no work required structurally or cosmetically.

Chrome: Excellent!

Woodwork: Absolutely beautiful. A real good quality wood set was used in the restoration. The grain is fantastic and the finish is just great. Obviously no soft spots inside, or out. The colour naturally contrasts with the coachwork. The interior woodwork is perfect and great care was taken with every screw and escutcheon.

Interior
Again, perfect. The carpets, front seats, door cards, sun visors, rear headlining, interior wooden waist rails, kick panels, and total boot (trunk) compartment are new. Just fitted and never sat in. What's not new is as new! The exception to this is the front headlining that has a small tear and the parcel shelf has been removed (supplied but torn). Overall, it looks fantastic! The light green colour is superb in contrast to the rich Green coachwork. The boot compartment is finished to show condition with polished wood trim to match the outer woodwork.

Mechanics
Connie has no major mechanical faults. In 2001 over 3000 was spent on refurbishing virtually every mechanical component! All to original specification, with the exception of the lead free engine conversion. No work required.

A light towbar and electrics are fitted to tow a small trailer but have rarely been used. Also a full alarm system is fitted that I believe to be in working order but not tested fully.

Summary
1966! What a year that was. Connie is now 41 years old. I doubt you will find a Morris Traveller in this condition, which is available to purchase, at this price, anywhere in the world today. Connie will increase in value over the years and, as the Morris Traveller has such a huge following, worldwide, parts will always be in demand, and therefore easily available. I think this car is one of the best investments (and the most fun), in the classic car scene today.

As previously stated, Connie is not quite a concourse example, although her looks are stunning! She has been in use continually, maintained regularly and kept in the best condition possible for her age. She is ready to use every day and show whenever possible.