1930 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe GJ 8534
Perhaps once or twice a year it’s possible to find an historic image on eBay (or elsewhere) that quickens the pulse rate of a Minor enthusiast. This was one such occasion. Photographs of the 1930/31 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe Special are extremely rare, with just four differing depictions of the model present in the archive. GJ 8534 is a May 1930 London registered example and was built at A.P. Compton & Co’s Arrow Coachworks in Hanwell, W.7. According to the caption written on the rear of the print, the photo was taken in July 1939 at Whyteleaf in Surrey at which point the Arrow was already nine years old. While looking a little tired and well used, it only differed visually from those newly constructed in 1930 by the addition of a pair of scuttle vents.