Automobile [Mini Minor]

Maker and role
Morris Motor Company Limited, Manufacturer
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A 1959 Morris Mini Minor, which is one of the first examples of a CKD (completely knocked down) vehicle of its type in New Zealand, which was imported from the UK in October 1959. The vehicle is in near-original condition, with only minor touch-up’s to the paint. The interior is in original condition. Since 1959, the vehicle has had two registered owners, and has 19,000 miles on the clock.

The engine is 850cc.

Specific design features include the early doors (with string pulls), single hole windows, glass water washer bottles and no clutch adjustment.

The vehicle is original apart from two items: the early SU PD type fuel pump has been replaced with a later one and the brake and clutch master cylinders have been replaced with later versions.

The vehicle was first registered in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on the 7th of July 1960. It changed ownership in 1990.
Brief History
Appearing in 1959, the Mini is arguably one of the most significant automobiles of the last century.

This particular Mini is one of the first examples of a completely knocked down vehicle of its type in New Zealand. Imported in October 1959 (just two months after the official launch date), it is in near original condition.
MORRIS Maker's Mark
Credit Line
Morris Motor Company Limited. 1959. Automobile [Mini Minor], 2011.712. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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