IOTW 315

By IOTW

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1931 Minor Semi-Sports

PN 7005 was first registered in East Sussex in the late spring of 1931 and is one of just 744 of these cars to be produced. It’s captured here in a very poor quality photograph taken during the course of a London to Brighton run where it can be seen passing a veteran car from the turn of the twentieth century. The long radiator Ford Eight Y Type Saloon dates the photograph as post 1934 which is when the smooth bumper model Ford was introduced. This photo is currently appearing on the Triple M Register website forum and appears here courtesy of Lancia Chris, a forum member.

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IOTW 314

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A Minor in Mablethorpe

The Lincolnshire coastline was a strong attraction for holiday makers throughout the Thirties. Cleethorpes, Skegness and Mablethorpe were all accessible from both the Midland and Northern industrial areas either via the railway or by road. Many spent their time in Lincolnshire living under canvas in one of the many large camp sites scattered along that coast. Later that decade a number of these sites were taken over by a new breed of family holiday entrepreneur, among whom was Billy Butlin who opened his first such site in Skegness in 1936.

The tents and what look like early versions of mobile homes seen here are pitched on sand while the brick built building in the background could well be the site’s  facilities block. The scene captured by the postcard photographer includes an early Austin Seven and what is either a Minor or Hornet Saloon in the background.

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IOTW 312

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VN 4071

VN 4071 1933 Minor Sliding-head Saloon: Terry Lloyd from Canvey Island is the current custodian of this car but this Atamy photo was taken in 1970 and shows a young man named John Marshall from Teesside fettling his car before setting off on a long journey (the caption provides no more info). This looks like a local press image from the period and is one of two featuring the car.

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Image of the week 311

By IOTW

More Snapshots

Two more period images highlighting the first Minor models to be produced. The top image shows a 1930 Surrey registered Tourer (PL ????) on a sandy beach. The carrier bag emblazoned with Cheltenham Industrial Traders Ltd. may provide a clue as to the setting in that its possible that the beach is located the south-west of the country – Weston-Super-Mare would be within day-trip range. Had more of the open door on the Austin Seven van been included in the photo its indecipherable sign writing may have revealed more. The image of a 1930 Bath registered Fabric Saloon (FB 8378)  was found on the Autocar website incorrectly captioned as a 1934 Morris Eight, and was included in a feature celebrating the Morris centenary.

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