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1958 Morris Minor Convertible

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  • Mileage~39,316
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.1L
  • LocationBexhill-On-Sea


1958 Morris Minor Convertible

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Alan Stuart
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Absolutely charming - few cars capture the spirit of 60’s family motoring like the Minor.

Making its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, the Morris Minor was to become one of Britain’s best loved cars. Designed by Alec Issigonis, also famously responsible for the Mini and 1100 range, the Minor was described by Autocar as “..a primary way Britain got back on the road after the Second World War”. Enjoying a production run of 23 years over 1.6 million Minors were produced in three series.

This car is a Series 3, designated the Minor 1000, and benefitted from a range of upgrades on previous models. Introduced in 1956 this was the last significant iteration of the Minor and it remained popular with the British public until being replaced by the Marina in 1971.

Finished in ivory this 2 owner, factory convertible has been with the current owner for a remarkable 43 years! A full restoration was undertaken in 1986 and a professional respray carried out in 2018. The car has some sensible upgrades and really needs to go to a new home to be driven and enjoyed in the way only a Minor convertible can.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting John the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

A real member of the family since 1978, we have all loved this car!

43 years is a long time to own a car and this one has been treated well. "We have really enjoyed using this car as a family and for special occasions including friends weddings. Over the last five years the car hasn't been used very much at all and hasn't been out in the rain for 30 years!"

More recently, the car hasn't been getting driven like it used to, and so John tells us "We'd love someone to enjoy it as much as we have", and the car is up for auction as a result. He would be delighted to answer any questions you may have in the comments section below.

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Finished in a beautiful ivory, perfect with the English countryside as a backdrop.

Wheels and Tyres

The original painted steel wheels are in good condition with no major damage. They are wearing Bridgestone B381 tyres all round which appear to have good tread remaining. The wheels were not refurbished as part of the respray in 2018 and therefore would benefit from some attention to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the paintwork.


In the convertible form these cars have an extra charm, the contrasting maroon hood looks in good condition as pictured against the ivory colour of the panels.

The bodywork appears straight, and the car presents well. We didn't observe any major dents or distortions. There is some surface corrosion on the offside door sill and the driver’s door has bubbling on the bottom edge, all in all it appears a very solid example.


Having been resprayed just over three years ago the paint is generally excellent. The rich ivory colour is even and consistent showing no significant blemishes. The respray and the interior make this a very sound basis for further improvement. The engine bay and boot were not included in the respray and would benefit from bringing up to the same standard.

Glass and Trim

The glass and mirrors appear clear and unmarked with no issues to note. The chromework is showing its age and is pitted in some areas. Given the quality of the paint finish a new owner could significantly enhance the appearance of this Minor with some replacement or refurbishment of the brightwork.


The bright red interior is a perfect contrast to the polished ivory bodywork

Seats and Carpets

The seats are firm, comfortable and provide good support. They are generally in great condition with only a minor repair needed where the stitching is coming apart on the drivers’ seat. The front seats were re-webbed as part of the recent refurbishment work. The carpets, also in bright red, are in good condition complementing the period interior.


The dashboard in these cars is simplicity itself – all part of the magic. The speedo glass is clear and unbroken and the pressed steel, body colour dash is in good condition with only a few chips. All switches are of the original type and are unbroken.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The Steering Wheel and Gear stick function as they should. They are said to be original items and so add some period charm, however they do look tired against the rest of the interior and would benefit from some attention if the new owner wanted to continue to improve the car. View the photo gallery to see the detail.


Fitted with the 1098cc ‘A’ series the Minor was well known for its lively performance and capable handling.

Engine and Gearbox

Originally fitted with the 948cc ‘A’ series this car had an engine and gearbox replacement in 1988. This was the engine BMC fitted to Minors as standard from 1962 onwards as Britain entered the motorway age. The 1098cc gives more spirited performance than its predecessor, taking the top speed to 74MPH!

The engine starts well and settles down quickly to steady idle. It also pulls well, and gear changes are clean and precise as can be seen in the "On the Road" video. It has been fitted with a Mini type screw in oil filter and has recently had a new battery and fuel pump. John advised that the engine knocks slightly under load although this was not particularly noticeable on the short drive we joined him for.

Suspension and Brakes

John assures us the brakes and suspension all function as they should. The car has been upgraded with MG front disc brakes giving that bit more confidence in modern traffic.

The Drive

This car drives like a Morris Minor should. It can hold it’s own in modern traffic but really it begs to be driven down a winding English country lane on a Sunday afternoon. Traveling in this car, with the hood down takes the occupants back to the 60’s – or at least into an episode of Heartbeat!

Check out the "On the Road" video to see (and hear!) this Moggy in action.

Electrics and Other

John confirmed all electrics work as they should to his knowledge and switches and wiring all appear in good condition.

History and Paperwork

43 years of ownership - the new custodians will inherit a delightful car and an important part of someone's personal history.

The history file contains a receipt for over £5,500 of work in 2018 together with a comprehensive parts list so the new owner can tell exactly whats been replaced as part of that refurbishment. There are MOT certificates going back to 1971, a very early Haynes Manual and a BMC Workshop Manual. Also included are several other drivers manuals. The long current ownership and just one former keeper before that make this history on this Moggy quite unique. It's been well used and loved over time, but more recently it doesn't get to get out as much and so comes to sale with us.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5C, HPi.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information from the seller in the listing above, however, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all listings, please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
26.08.2021 MOT 39,297
30.05.2012 MOT 36,781
03.05.2011 MOT 35,639
26.04.2011 MOT 34,639
06.05.2010 MOT 35,415
30.04.2009 MOT 35,123
15.05.2008 MOT 34,119
14.05.2008 MOT 34,113
10.04.2007 MOT 33,449
13.03.2007 MOT 33,449
19.05.2006 MOT 32,893
Key Details
  • ModelMinor 1000 Convertible
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date26.03.58
  • CC1,098
  • Mileage~39,316 on clock
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourIvory
  • Interior ColourRed
  • Interior TrimRed
  • Chassis #FCP/1/600404
  • Engine #9M/U/H/173595
  • Matching #sNo
  • RestoredYes
  • MOTYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers1
  • Tyre BrandBridgestone
  • Security SysAnti Theft Cut Out Switch
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned43 years
  • Key FeatureConvertible

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