The Oldest Morris Minor Classic Cars

On the road for almost a century - this is the world's oldest Morris Minor Cars. The 85 year old British-built classic - with a top speed of 40 miles per hour - has only had three owners. Built in Oxford in 1928, the motor was bought by car enthusiast Jock MacKay in 1973 for the knockdown price of £270.

It had been left to rust in a Scottish barn for 35 years before Jock, 72, secured it for a song. The retired hotelier spent ten years restoring the Morris Minor Classic Cars using original parts and now takes it to vintage rallies.

The Oldest Morris Minor Cars

Jock, from the village of Scrabster, northern Scotland, said: 'Even back in the early 1970s £270 was a really good price - but it was totally unroadworthy and it needed a lot of work. 'This car and I have had some adventures together. When I drive the Morris Minor though the streets, it always brings a smile to people's faces. 'My greatest journey was a 1,200-mile round trip from John O' Groats to Land's End. It was a bumpy trip that took 12 days in total - after I was so sore I had to go for a hot bath.'

orris Minor emblemThe four seater with a 847cc engine runs off modern unleaded petrol has no modern suspension. Jock said: 'The brakes take a long time to take effect so you need to be a very shrewd driver on today's roads, and plan well ahead. 'When I found the car, it had been a barn for years and local children used it as a plaything. 'The rust was terrible. The front wings were destroyed, the front lamps were smashed, and the instruments all damaged. 'I pointed out all the work I would have to do and said there was no way I could go over £270, which the owner accepted.

Amazingly, with the exception of the pistons and the front wings, the car is completely original. In 1983 Jock tracked down the Morris Minor's original owner, 94 year old former teacher Miss Elizabeth Fraser, to show her the restored car. Generous Jock says he will donate the oldest known Morris Minor Cars to a museum after he dies.
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