The Morris 1100 was introduced as the Mini’s ‘big brother’ at the time of its launch costing less than £700 to build whilst incorporating a brand new suspension system using rubber and water. Housing an A-Series 1,098cc four cylinder engine producing 56hp and matched with a 4-Speed Manual Transmission. As with the Mini, the Morris 1100 was designed with a great amount of internal space – thanks to Pininfarina’s sleek design, the Morris 1100 was the UK’s best-selling car for an entire decade.
Presented to you at the Car Farm is a 1970 Morris 1100, an original Hong Kong market vehicle that was first registered in 1970. This example has been fully restored – including a fully-built 1380 engine, cone and Bilstein dampers, and a change in brake pads. The current keeper has purchased this example as is, including an original interior, and exterior finished in Surf Blue with refurbished wheels. The owner reports that this Morris 1100 is at its optimal running condition and is ready for its new keeper to drive worry-free as all the work has been performed ensuring there are no items that need to be fixed. This example has 5 previous owners, and a valid road license until 14th January, 2023.
As we made a complete walk around this Morris 1100 – the Surf Blue paint and surrounding chrome trim reflect light from all angles. As expected for a car of this age, there were minor stone chips seen across the front grille and patina of the badge underneath the Morris emblem of the front grille as well as the fuel cap. All of the surrounding headlights, side indicators and rear lights are in very good condition and fully as they should. The original wheels with chrome centre caps are in great condition with only small signs of oxidation and complete the overall look and feel of this Morris 1100. All of the body panels are aligned and there were no signs of overspray or bubbling in the paint.
Interior and Trim
Open the doors of this Morris 1100, and we are greeted with a very clean and minimalist black interior. As a testament to the restoration, all of the components, such as the dashboard, steering wheel, shift knob, door panels and buttons are in excellent shape and tightly secured to the chassis and doors. The air-conditioning unity blows freezing cold air and all of the interior (blue and black checker board) carpeting is very clean. We could tell that this Morris 1100 was very solid, from rolling down the windows and the opening of the door handles with elements of wood incorporated into their design.
Engine and Running Gear
As we started up this Morris 1100 – the 1380cc unit fired up with no hesitation and the signature sound of A-Series engine filled our space. During out test drive, the ride was a perfect balance of sport and comfort, thanks to the cone and Bilstein dampers set up. We did not notice any strange smells or signs of engine leak. The 4-Speed Manual Transmission was precise and every gear change was engaging. The steering was weighted, and the driving sensation enhanced thanks to the extra power from the 1380cc unit. Overall a very special and well kept car from the 70s that shares its British roots with the popular Mini and stands out from the crowd – exclusively available to you at the Car Farm.
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