A 1965 Morris Minor 1800 Zetec !
I have owned this 4-door Morris Minor saloon for the last seven years. This Moggy benefits from a 1796cc Ford
Zetec engine, 5-speed gearbox and brake disc conversion to tackle modern road traffic. It was formely registered
This Minor was substantially restored in 2006 with considerable bodywork repairs including new chassis legs,
floors, boot-well, inner sills and inner wings. The conversion to Ford Zetec power was undertaken in 2010 and come
with around 115 bhp. The engine and 5-speed gearbox came from a donor Mondeo whilst suspension and braking systems
were modified and up-rated to handle the performance. Later rally seats (with seat belts) were fitted to complete
the cabin with home-made lower console incorporating new dials, toggle switches and a Digi-dash. In May 2013, a
complete repaint has been undertaken in the original Dove Grey.
Other major upgrades include :
. In novembre 2013 : new trims, new wheels (with Minilite style) and new tires (Yokohama Blue Earth)
. In 2015 : new 1998 Zetec RKF engine (it is able to run on normal unleaded petrol)
. In 2017 : new alternator
. In 2020 : new battery + windscreen wiper arm & blade
There is still scope for further cosmetic detailing but essentially the car is ready to be enjoyed.
The Minor comes with sundry bills going back to 2006 and a string of MOT Certificates. Car is located in Lille,
France (one hour from Calais).
Quite a few eyebrows might have been raised at the ACA November 2020 sale thanks to a number of cars taking big money. Some of the top performers are pictured here, but in fact it seems that the strength of bidding ran through the whole event, with well over 90% of the 226 cars on offer finding buyers and most for pretty positive amounts.
In the first of a new series of FREE-TO-ENTER competitions, we are giving away a Clarke 135TE Turbo MIG Welder worth £299.98 and a Clarke GWH4 Black arc-activated solar powered headshield worth £45.59, courtesy of tool and equipment mega-supplier, Machine Mart.
The Morris Minor 1000 had a bare-bones simplicity that meant an affordable price tag, which lead to it being many people’s first entry to car ownership. Today, however, Joe reckons it’s the perfect first classic car for budding enthusiasts!