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LHD Morris 1000 saloon.These 2 views of a 1960s Minor turned up in a batch of photos I bought recently.
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Identifying the car in this photograph wasn't too difficult, it looks like a common-or-garden 1098cc Morris Minor from sometime in the 1960s, although you don't often see photos of lefthand drive Minors. However I was originally having more difficulty pinning down where this pic might have been taken - somewhere hot and arid by the looks of things, the trees and girl in the background (see second photo) gave a few clues.
I thought that the script on the numberplate must ring a bell with someone out there - the 'LT' on the numberplate may be a help - fortunately help did come along, as will become clear.
|This particular Morris 1000 has a radio aerial fitted to the driver's front wing, and a sticker in the back window which pronounces - "Morris Minor 1000 Makes Mor of Your Petrol" - yup this is how More is spelt in the slogan!! perhaps it was fitted by a local dealer for Morris cars. Otherwise it looks like a totally standard 4dr saloon, even down to the skinny crossply tyres.|
|Handily, on the day that I published these pictures on here, I heard from Olav, who advised that the Moggie is registered in Libya of all places, the 'LT' being a reference to Tripoli! Amazing the information that can be found online!!!! I wonder if this Minor 1000 still exists somewhere in Libya?|
|Jim in Australia also dropped me a line, confirming Libya as the location ..|
|"I am a number plate collector specialising in world plates, and I might be able to help with a location for this particular Morris. The plate is from LIBYA where LT = Libya, Tripoli, and obviously LB = Benghazi = etc etc. The plates were issued post 1949 through to the late 60's white or silver/black; serial consisted of a serial number up to 5 numbers with or without a letter prefix; the serial is most often in Arabic on the left and in Western characters on the right but the reverse is also verified; between the two serials is a 2 letter Registration Centre code in Western letters and Arabic letters; two line plates are also common with the Arabic usually at the top and the Western letters and numbers at the bottom."|
|"If you have any other unidentified plates/cars I'd be more than happy to help. I accept it as a good challenge! If I find any others I'll get back to you."|
|Thanks to both Olav and Jim for their help identifying where this Moggie Minor was photographed.|
|Don't forget to look at all the other old car photos on the site!! if you're a fan of the Moggie Minor, you can download a free screensaver here. A photo showing another Minor on foreign soil, parked at a French Shell garage, can be seen here.|
Some external Minor links!Morris Minor Owners Club
Morris Minor Centre
Morris Minor Clinic
Traveller Timbers - Minor woodwork
Tuned and very modified Minors
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