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$7,0001961 Morris Mini

This driver-quality ’61 Morris Mini is a Mk1 850 model that has been upgraded with a 1275cc engine, a new Weber carb and an oil cooler. The exterior sports a painted Union Jack flag on the roof, a rare model of 10” alloy wheels, black wheel arches (flares), a wavy Austin grille, a chrome bullet side-view mirror, and a locking fuel cap.

It’s a genuine Mk1 model, so it has the unique doors with the cool, quirky sliding windows and external door hinges, small oval taillights and the distinctive “mustache grille” in front.

It could be an ideal starter Mini for a hobbyist who might enjoy driving, learning and tinkering with a vintage British car – an iconic Mini that could also become a candidate for a rolling restoration, as time and budget allow. Or just jump in and enjoy it as-is!

The steering is left-hand-drive (LHD). The manual transmission is a 4-speed.


Under the Bonnet:

The 1275cc engine is topped with an alloy rocker cover with t-bolts for easier access for valve-adjustments. The new Weber downdraft carb is fed by a braided stainless fuel line. An oil cooler has been added, also with braided stainless lines. The oil pressure holds steady between 60 and 80 psi at idle. The engine’s original tag is stamped “12H291B-H855,” which denotes a 1275cc.


Tires and Brakes:

Four new 10″ tires have been fitted. There are drum brakes on all four corners. Four (spacered) alloy brake drums are included, but not yet installed.


In the Cabin:

The interior features a three-spoke wood steering wheel and a unique period aftermarket dash that also incorporates a Sun tachometer and oil-pressure and water-temperature gauges. The silver-face “floating needle” speedo shows 7,382 miles; true mileage is unknown. The front seats have lap belts.

A period Owner’s Handbook is included.




Walkaround and running:(01:05)



Notes & FYI:

  • An engine rebuild professionally done in 1984 reportedly included crank shaft, main bearings, and connecting rods. The transmission was also rebuilt at that time. At present, reverse gear works but is sometimes tricky to find, the seller notes. The four-speed transmission reportedly shifts smoothly.
  • The exterior paint is somewhat scruffy, but serviceable and looks decent from a distance. Some areas of surface rust and blistering are evident (as shown in the photos), including the door and bootlid hinges, along the side seam covers and below the headlamps, where body filler is evident.
  • The bootlid badge is a Mk2 version.
  • The two-tone red/gray brocade front seats have a tear in one front seat bottom, and the rear seat back doesn’t match. There are red interior door panels included, but not yet installed. The dome light is missing the cover.
  • The heater is not currently installed, but is included.
  • The headlight, tail light, and brake lights all function as they should. The wipers work, but need attention.


Spares Galore:

An extensive quantity (boxes and boxes) of additional parts are included, spares such as:

  • Original-type center speedo and gauge cluster
  • Twin SU carbs and alloy intake manifold
  • 2 extra front seats
  • Spare headliner
  • Additional interior panels (red)
  • oil cooler
  • extra side glass

And much, much more…


Located near Des Moines in Ankeny, Iowa 50023

[ ID# WHITE61MK1 ] Asking: $7k


Independent mechanical evaluations may also be arranged, as well as nationwide door-to-door transport. Escrow Services for payment, title-document-transfers, and transport coordination (to help provide more-secure transactions) are also available, contact us for details.


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BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.


2019 – UPDATED FOOTNOTE: According to current California ARB guidelines, pre-1968 classic Minis – because of their age – would not be subject to the restrictions that would otherwise apply to direct-import vehicles. (Great news for this legitimate ’61 Mk1 Mini!)

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