Morris Minor & 1000: The Essential Buyer's Guide

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The Morris Minor regularly tops the polls in the Classic Car press as Britain’s most popular classic car. The owner’s Club boasts 10,000 members in the UK. Other clubs worldwide have thriving memberships, too. STOP! Don’t buy a Morris Minor without buying this book FIRST! Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Ray Newell’s years of Morris Minor ownership: learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the ...

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Overview

The Morris Minor regularly tops the polls in the Classic Car press as Britain’s most popular classic car. The owner’s Club boasts 10,000 members in the UK. Other clubs worldwide have thriving memberships, too. STOP! Don’t buy a Morris Minor without buying this book FIRST! Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Ray Newell’s years of Morris Minor ownership: learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right car at the right price! Packed with good advice from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the Morris Minor community, to will it fit in your garage and with your lifestyle? This is THE COMPLETE GUIDE to choosing, assessing and buying your dream car.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Australian Classic Cars, April 2008

Review by Patrick Quinn

Australian magazine
Circulation: unknown

If you are on the lookout for a specific classic car, you can find yourself bewildered by the amount of information available. For some marques, there are books galore to read and also the advice that members of clubs happily provide. It can be confusing and sometimes it’s useful to have a reference source that cuts to the chase. That’s why I like this smaller format 'Essential Buyer’s Guides' from Veloce.

This month I had a close look at two new editions and, as a past owner, I was especially interested in the XJ6 guide. Each follows a similar format containing information on what it’s like to live with the model in question, values, differing models and using the car in modern times. Each book divides the crucial inspection into two. First, the 15-minute evaluation that tells you whether to investigate further or to just walk away and second, a lengthy and thorough inspection in which you go over everything. It’s clear that I bought my XJ6 with my heart and not my head. Each book then moves on to how you should buy the car, whether to restore or not, problems from lack of use and finally where to find parts and what clubs to join. Very useful little books, they make essential buying for owners, would be or otherwise.

The Motor Cycling Club, 24th May 2008
UK club newsletter
Circulation: approx 1000

Usually when Veloce Publishing sends me a book for review its size causes the postman to stagger and its price makes me think of second mortgages. This week’s offering though is different. It’s one of Veloce’s excellent Essential Buyer’s Guide series and is really down to earth in that it deals with the Morris Minor 1000 series, cars beloved by none other than our President and Entry Taker.

At just under $20 anyone contemplating buying one of these charismatic vehicles cannot afford to be without a copy and indeed it’s most useful reading for anyone contemplating the purchase of a classic car of any sort. It’s a mine of useful information on the marque giving details of every model and variation, good and bad points including possible failings and even where to obtain spares and service when all else fails. I must admit being amused by chapter one which is headed 'Is it the right car for you?' – A question I answered with an emphatic 'No' way back in 1949 after driving an early example. Despite that I still enjoyed this little book and recommend it to all.

Incidentally it always surprised me that so little was done by the Minor in competition when the A35, which looked more unlikely, did so well. There was one exception though and that was the well known 'Grannywagen' which lived in the back of the BMC Comp Shop at Abingdon and appeared in international rallies whenever someone noticed a hole in the regulations through which Pat Moss could drive it.

Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, October 2007
NZ magazine

As with previous books from this series, these are 64-page soft-cover books, small enough to fit into a coat pocket and pretty well guaranteed to come in very handy if you are buying any of these cars from very different ends of the classic scale.

All follow a similar layout, starting with 'is it the right car for you?', and then going through the 15-minute quick check (walk away or not?) followed by a very detailed checklist which you can use to 'mark' the car, and what to look out for on a test drive. There are also chapters on whether you want to restore a model, paint problems, things to watch out for if the car has had little recent use, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.

The books are well-illustrated, and the advice looks really practical. They don't pretend that classic car ownership is easy, or necessary profitable in purely financial terms, yet they are clearly written by guys who are enthusiastic about the pleasure you can get from a good example of any of these cars.

While I have never been in the market for them, I would want to have one of these books if I were – definitely recommended.

From the Publisher
The Motor Cycling Club, 24th May 2008
UK club newsletter
Circulation: approx 1000

Usually when Veloce Publishing sends me a book for review its size causes the postman to stagger and its price makes me think of second mortgages. This week’s offering though is different. It’s one of Veloce’s excellent Essential Buyer’s Guide series and is really down to earth in that it deals with the Morris Minor 1000 series, cars beloved by none other than our President and Entry Taker.

At just under $20 anyone contemplating buying one of these charismatic vehicles cannot afford to be without a copy and indeed it’s most useful reading for anyone contemplating the purchase of a classic car of any sort. It’s a mine of useful information on the marque giving details of every model and variation, good and bad points including possible failings and even where to obtain spares and service when all else fails. I must admit being amused by chapter one which is headed 'Is it the right car for you?' – A question I answered with an emphatic 'No' way back in 1949 after driving an early example. Despite that I still enjoyed this little book and recommend it to all.

Incidentally it always surprised me that so little was done by the Minor in competition when the A35, which looked more unlikely, did so well. There was one exception though and that was the well known 'Grannywagen' which lived in the back of the BMC Comp Shop at Abingdon and appeared in international rallies whenever someone noticed a hole in the regulations through which Pat Moss could drive it.

Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, October 2007
NZ magazine

As with previous books from this series, these are 64-page soft-cover books, small enough to fit into a coat pocket and pretty well guaranteed to come in very handy if you are buying any of these cars from very different ends of the classic scale.

All follow a similar layout, starting with 'is it the right car for you?', and then going through the 15-minute quick check (walk away or not?) followed by a very detailed checklist which you can use to 'mark' the car, and what to look out for on a test drive. There are also chapters on whether you want to restore a model, paint problems, things to watch out for if the car has had little recent use, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.

The books are well-illustrated, and the advice looks really practical. They don't pretend that classic car ownership is easy, or necessary profitable in purely financial terms, yet they are clearly written by guys who are enthusiastic about the pleasure you can get from a good example of any of these cars.

While I have never been in the market for them, I would want to have one of these books if I were – definitely recommended.

Australian Classic Cars, April 2008

Review by Patrick Quinn

Australian magazine
Circulation: unknown

If you are on the lookout for a specific classic car, you can find yourself bewildered by the amount of information available. For some marques, there are books galore to read and also the advice that members of clubs happily provide. It can be confusing and sometimes it’s useful to have a reference source that cuts to the chase. That’s why I like this smaller format 'Essential Buyer’s Guides' from Veloce.

This month I had a close look at two new editions and, as a past owner, I was especially interested in the XJ6 guide. Each follows a similar format containing information on what it’s like to live with the model in question, values, differing models and using the car in modern times. Each book divides the crucial inspection into two. First, the 15-minute evaluation that tells you whether to investigate further or to just walk away and second, a lengthy and thorough inspection in which you go over everything. It’s clear that I bought my XJ6 with my heart and not my head. Each book then moves on to how you should buy the car, whether to restore or not, problems from lack of use and finally where to find parts and what clubs to join. Very useful little books, they make essential buying for owners, would be or otherwise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845841010
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Series: The Essential Buyer's Guide Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Newell is an established authority on the Morris Minor having written extensively about them. Since purchasing his first car, a 1964 saloon for the princely sum of £117. 50 in 1974 he has owned almost every variant of the marque. Saloons, travelers, convertibles, vans, and pickups have all been in his collection at some stage during the past thirty years. Currently he owns a rare 1949 Series MM Tourer and has just acquired a 1954 Series ll van which he has imported from New Zealand. Ray is also the Secretary of the Morris Minor Owners Club, a position he has held since 1983. As such he is conversant with the Morris Minor scene and is well qualified to write this informative Buyer’s Guide.

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Table of Contents


Introduction & thanks: The purpose of this book     3
Is it the right car for you?: Marriage guidance     5
Cost considerations: Affordable, or a money pit?     7
Living with a Morris Minor: Will you get along together?     8
Relative values: Which model for you?     10
Before you view: Be well informed     13
Inspection equipment: These items will really help     16
Fifteen minute evaluation: Walk away or stay?     17
Key points: Where to look for problems     22
Serious evaluation: 60 minutes for years of enjoyment     24
Auctions: Sold! Another way to buy your dream     40
Paperwork: C3rrect documentation is essential!     42
What's it worth to you?: Let your head rule your heart!     44
Do you really want to restore?: It'll take longer and cost more than you think     46
Paint problems: Bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles     48
Problems due to lack of use: Just like their owners, Morris Minors need exercise!     49
The Community: Key people, organisations and companies in the Morris Minor world     51
Vital statistics: Essential data at your fingertips     54
Index     64
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