A Minor a day 20 …

By December 22, 2017IOTW

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1930 SV Minor Two-seater JO 764

This car is the £100 Minor prototype which currently languishes in a Devon Theme Park awaiting a long overdue restoration. It was also this particular model that until this month the VSCC had excluded from its PVT list despite the fact that the prototype was a true vintage car i.e. constructed before 31st December 1930. The one hundred pounder was without doubt a pared-down model, devoid of many embellishments, most notably a lack of chromium plated parts and a spartan paint finish resembling battleship-grey. However, JO 764 is arguably the most important surviving Minor, yet it is in a parlous condition with no guarantees that it will be sympathetically restored when the time comes. It still retains some very important original (and unique) features which can be found in this interesting Harry Edwards article.

It really is about time that the Morris movement got its act together and saved this unique vehicle. I’m sure that one of the two national Motor Museums would accept such an important car as part of their collection. Perhaps the MVA (Morris Vehicles Association) could be galvanised into action and that the funds required for its purchase and eventual restoration could be raised at local and national Morris gatherings. Come on the Morris Minor Owner’s Club, Morris Register, Vintage Minor Register and even the VSCC. Isn’t it time to pool resources and come up with a plan?

This is the last of this year’s ‘A Minor a day’ series. Thank you to all those who have contributed images without attribution.

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