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Splitscreen Morris Minor Traveller
A splitscreen Minor Traveller, similar to Adrian's example.

Adrian's Minor Traveller story.

In 2010 Adrian dropped me a line, with various motoring stories to add to this section of the site. This page recounts the story of buying a rare, split screen, Morris Minor Traveller, and his memories of just how rotten the wooden framework turned out to be. He takes up the story:

"In the summer of 1969 after working for a while, earning up to 45 per week as a milkman, I thought it would be good to buy a car so, for 50, I bought a 1954 Split windscreen Morris Traveller (NUF 438) with a year's MOT, from a garage outside Newbury. It had an 848cc overhead valve engine, which was a Gold Seal replacement unit with very low mileage. I wanted the Morris 8 they had there for 40, but my dad said the Traveller was better because the Morris needed the tappets adjusting.

Oops there go the Minor's rear doors.

A few days later whilst driving round a roundabout in Newbury, the rear doors fell off in the road and I had to stop and pick them up. It turned out that the woodwork was rotten all over and there was nothing left of the door pillars or indeed the doors themselves. I got replacement doors in a local scrap yard by climbing a long ladder and removing the doors from a Traveller on the top of a four-car heap.
Some weeks later when pulling out into traffic with two or three other people in the car, there was a thud and the Traveller wouldn't move. With the engine still running I was mystified by the fact that the speedometer still registered that the car was rolling at varying rates according to the engine speed. After getting the car towed back to Newbury, the garage told me that a half-shaft was broken.

Chassis filled with old newspapers and cardboard.

I didn't know what that meant at the time, but asked them to repair it. In due course they had a better look at the car and said it was uneconomical to repair the axle as the underside of the car was rotten. They kindly towed it home for me and I took up the floor panels and saw that the main chassis members were made of cardboard filled with screwed-up newspaper, with the outsides covered in plastic filler.
Being somewhat upset by this, I enquired of my dad whether an MOT signified any degree of roadworthiness, and said that I thought the car wasn't worth 50. After a bit of moaning from me over the next few days he produced 25 saying that he had been back to the garage for it. I didn't believe him but pocketed the money. The car languished in the driveway for some months whilst I removed a few parts I thought may be useful in the future."
Thanks for emailing your Minor story over. I've not yet found a good period shot of a Minor Traveller with the split windscreen - photos of early MM and Series 2 saloons are quite plentiful, for example here and here, but the Travellers are much more scarce, most being like this later Morris 1000 Traveller seen at a recent show. This leaflet, produced by the Electricity Advisory Service in 1958, features a splitscreen Traveller being worked on in a garage.
Following on from the Minor, Adrian switched to another BMC favourite, the Austin A40 Farina, in Mk2 form.
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