4. 1953 Morris Minor Series MM

1953 Morris Minor Series MM Splitscreen

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I’ve owned this dear old Minor, with the famous ‘Cheesegrater’ grille, since 2003.

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It sports a very rare accessory …a genuine splitscreen sun visor.

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I drove the car for a few years with its original engine and gearbox. But the gearbox fitted to these cars is prone to crunch gears, and I got fed up clunking with every gear-change so, in 2006, I replaced it with a much more practical 1098cc engine and box.

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It zips around much more respectably now.

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I’ve left the paintwork in its original weathered condition because it looks so good as is.

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The interior is wonderful. The smell of the leather jumps out and bites you on the nose the minute you open the door in the morning.

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Though I do like to look at restored cars, I very much prefer the ‘oily rag’ look, ie original and unrestored.

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Perhaps it reflects personal dress sense? Do owners of restored cars also wear polished shoes and white shirts? Me? I’m a total scruff and proud of it.

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Of course, the worst place for over-restoring cars is Los Angeles. But, there again, it’s also the world capital of face-lifts and cosmetic surgery. Perhaps cars do reflect their owners after all?

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