Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

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Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby The Issigonis Kid » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:43 pm

Nothing to do me with but a £500 starting, price and mis-listed under "catalogues and brochures" so not many people will see it and it may go cheap with a short listing. The description claims its the last ever Minor. ??
I doubt it because its not a van and the last handbuilt one was N reg out of dealer parts. The outline of the last letter on the faded plate looks like a G. I've seen J reg saloons.
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby The Issigonis Kid » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:48 pm

It could be a J looking at it ???


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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby bmcecosse » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:10 pm

Whatever it is - it doesn't look like it's going to 'last' much longer..... Strange shape to the roof at the front....but looks ok in other pictures. I've asked for chassis and engine numbers...
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby moggiethouable » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:21 pm

50 quid and a box of comics.
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby The Issigonis Kid » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:39 pm

But surely, if you had the last Morris Minor 2dr, you would properly document and evidence it with proper photos in your advert.

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby POMMReg » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:54 pm

The Issigonis Kid wrote:But surely, if you had the last Morris Minor 2dr, you would properly document and evidence it with proper photos in your advert.
What is it with Minor's and Manchester?!
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby Mark Wilson » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:11 am

Location is described as Manchester, Cheshire. Possible that the vendor isn't over worried about laser guided accuracy in his descriptions.

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby bmcecosse » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:10 pm

He tells me the chassis number is M/A255. 1288377M Dunno if that makes sense ?
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby Mark Wilson » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:00 pm

1288377 was indeed the last 2 door saloon produced, in November 70, according to Ray Newell's Original Morris Minor!!!!! MA255 will probably be MA2S5 which would be a Morris 1000, right hand drive, standard 2 door saloon, fifth series. I don't know what the final M means.
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby POMMReg » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:02 pm

Try for the body number please Roy.
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby ManyMinors » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:05 pm

MA2S5 1288377 is indeed the final recorded chassis number according to Glass's Car Check book for that period.

An interesting project according to that. Surprising that the car wasn't retained by British Leyland but at that time I don't suppose they were so interested in the heritage?

If the car is what it says, it should be part of somebody's collection shouldn't it.

One of the 3 prototype Minor 1000s survives and the Heritage Museum at Gaydon contains what remains of the earliest "MM".

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby The Issigonis Kid » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:15 pm

WOW, I stand corrected - I have emailed MINI BMW. If this is genuine, it would be nice if they could save it as an important part of Issigonis and Cowley factory history.


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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby POMMReg » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:21 pm

In 1962 production of the Traveller & LCV models were designated letters for each factory;

G = Abingdon/J = Adderley Park/M = Cowley

Summer 1967 saw M introduced for passenger varients, whilst the J didn't appear again until Autumn 1969 for early Adderley Park Travellers....

Long winded explanation perhaps...Zzzz
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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby Mark Wilson » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:24 pm

All assuming that the plate is on the original shell...... Shouldn't have chrome window surrounds if it's a standard, but these could easily have been changed. Everything else looks right.

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby POMMReg » Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:37 pm

Mark Wilson wrote:All assuming that the plate is on the original shell...... Shouldn't have chrome window surrounds if it's a standard, but these could easily have been changed. Everything else looks right.
Have requested body & engine number.

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby The Issigonis Kid » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:39 pm

I notice the seller has now added a Screenshot from the MMOC forum with the chassis number but still no decent pictures or description.

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby ManyMinors » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:01 pm

I have to agree, it is an extraordinarily poor advert for something so interesting. Obviously it cannot be moved without a bit of work but he could give it a wipe over or open the bonnet and photograph the chassis number perhaps? Or simply list a bit more about its history?........

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby martin418 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:53 pm

well at least it is shown exactly as it is , also no silly ''barn find '' starting price

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby myoldjalopy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:24 pm

But the maze in the back window is.....well......amazing! :lol:

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Re: Last Minor Ever......really ?? (Manchester)

Postby XWL61 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:19 am

If this really is the last UK minor produced ( I am sceptical), then perhaps the MMOC should purchase and restore it. Far more interesting than the MM they have got...

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