1965 Morris Mini

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    MAW4798831
  • Engine number 
    H1015911
  • Lot number 
    580
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.850cc, Mk1 'Woodie' that has been carefully restoredIts first owner wasLouis Mountbatten, 1stEarl Mountbatten of BurmaDe Luxe model. Heater, over-riders, chrome sill edging, filler cap and wheel trimsFinished in Tartan Red with a smartly trimmed red interiorInteresting history file with resto documents and photographs and Royal correspondenceThe popularity of the Mini spawned a variety of models targeting different markets, but all are based on Sir Alec Issigonis iconic design. The Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Countryman weretwo-door estate cars with double,barn-style rear doorsbuilt on a slightly longer chassis of 84 inches compared to 80.25 for the saloon.From the start of production, both models had a decorative, non-structural, Ash wood trim on the rear body, in the style of a pre-war shooting-brake givingthe car a similar appearance to the larger Morris Minor Traveller and inevitably led to them becoming known as'Woodies'. It's a popular misconception that the difference between the Traveller and the Countryman is the wood trim as all-steel versions of both the Morris Traveller and the Austin Countryman without the wood trim werelaunched for export markets in April 1961.Offered here from The Anthony Hamilton Collection, himself a real Mini enthusiast, is a very special Mini Traveller. The original buff logbook, which remains with the car, shows the first owner as Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1stEarl Mountbatten of Burma. The comprehensive history file contains an amusing letter (11th April 1991) from St. James Palace and the Prince of Wales'private secretary replying to the car's owner at the time, thanking them for the opportunity, but advising thatthe Prince would not be interested in acquiring his uncles old Mini Traveller. We understand that the little Traveller was restored in the Nineties and the history file contains numerous receipts and a photographic record of thisrestoration.Finished in Tartan Red with a smartly trimmed red interior, the restoration still holds up very well today and the Mini remains 'Collector's Quality'. In 1965, Travellers were onlyavailablein 'De-Luxe' trim level, which included a heater, over-riders, chrome sill edging, filler cap and wheel trims, all of which feature here.These little estates remain as practical as they are cute and this delightful example, fresh from an important collection and with Royal provenance, will be deservedly popular.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.