Nice woodie: ’71 Morris Minor Traveller
We love prototype and project code names. The TR4 was referred to as the Zest so it shouldn’t surprise you that the Morris small car prototype was called the Mosquito. Thankfully, the brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonis was given the proper English name – Minor. It is often referred to as the British Beetle. They sold over a million of them worldwide. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many Minors left. The Traveller we have here today paid homage to the American Woodie. This is not a metal body with wood trim tacked on. The Minor was perhaps the last Woodie built the traditional way. This one is all ’71 on the outside and updated on the inside. It has the larger 1275cc engine increasing power by 25%. Then the builders added brakes and suspension modifications to handle the additional power. The listing, by European Collectibles in California, tells the entire story. We do like the exterior and the modifications but we aren’t entirely sure about the interior. It looks like it is well done except for the steering wheel on the right side, but we would have selected a different color. But that is just us. This Traveller is rare too because it has one of those Wabesto-style sliding fabric sunroofs. Said to be installed by the factory, they say it might be the only one. The roof rack and red wheels just make the whole thing very cool. The asking price, $18,950, is a bit steep but a good place to start. Click here for the listing.