Tiny Woody: 1965 Morris Mini Traveler

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Early original Mini’s have a charm all their own, with minimalist everything, including very simple instrumentation, sliding side windows, and exposed external door hinges. It makes for an odd contrast when you look at the wood inserts in the rear body. My understanding is that unlike the Morris Minor Traveler, these pieces of wood are non-functional in the Mini, but maybe a reader with more experience with one of these could verify that? This particular car has a varied history, having traveled “across the USA and Mexico” before winding up in Dover, New Hampshire, where it’s now for sale here on eBay. Thanks to Olaf E for this find! Bidding started very low and has just passed $500, and there’s no reserve. While the car needs a lot of work, it does have some rare components, including NOS floors that have been tacked into place and decent seats. I’m sure it would make more economic sense in the long run to buy a finished Traveler or Countryman, but where’s the fun and adventure in that?

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  1. Howard A Member

    Aw, nobody on the ol’ Morris? I think these are really cool, I just don’t know how well they’d fit in with all the Silverado’s and F-150’s. I suppose if you could gear it to keep up with traffic ( without the little Austin motor screaming bloody murder), it might be ok. Morris wagons of any kind, are pretty hard to find over here. Be a great project and wouldn’t take up but a corner of the garage. Great find.

  2. bob13122

    My brother drove one back in the day. It was white, and garnered the nickname “La Ambulancia”. We stuffed a Cooper subframe into it, and that perked up the performance.

  3. cliffyc

    Great little car,the wood is non-structural,just screwed/bolted on as some versions came with plain sides and rear doors.

  4. Olaf E

    This Mini has been relisted since highest bidder has disappeared, his bid was $ 2,745.00. Starting bid is $ 2,300.00 (lower than the second bid to invite more interest).

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Classic-Mini-Woodie-/321856840427?forcerrptr=true&hash=item4af029a2eb&item=321856840427

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