From a “bare shell” to worth £15k: classic Morris Minor convertible restored for new life down under

Bournemouth Echo: LABOUR OF LOVE: Colin Dietrich with the 1962 Morris Minor 1000 convertible LABOUR OF LOVE: Colin Dietrich with the 1962 Morris Minor 1000 convertible

THIS classic example of British motoring will soon be enjoying life on the other side of the world.

Motorvation in Boscombe has been restoring this 1962 Morris Minor 1000 convertible for a regular client and, with a finished value of around £15,000, it will eventually end up with its new owner in Melbourne.

Colin Dietrich, who has been working on the car alongside garage owner Gary Alcroft, said: “It was basic, a bare shell.

“It’s going to be pretty much brand new when it’s done.

“You can still buy mostly new parts.

“We’ve done it from the ground up.”

The restoration is satisfying what is becoming a global hunger for classic British cars – most of the parts for the Morris are still made and easily sourced.

Colin added: “We’ve done a few of these.

“In the summer we did a left hand drive conversion for the same guy and that went to Bordeaux.”

The car has been in the garage for a month and goes to a bodyshop next.

Colin said: “It’s eventually going to Melbourne in Australia.

“They end up going everywhere.

“There’s interest from around the world in cars like this.

“The Mini Cooper scene in America is huge.

“It’s the original engine and it now has an unleaded head on it.”

Some modern parts have been added, with the original brakes replaced with disc brakes and shock absorbers fitted to the suspension.

“A lot of them now you can hire and people are having them restored to use for the hire business.

“I think it’s picked up abroad a lot, there’s a good following,” Colin said.

The Morris Minor is an iconic British car, developed by former Battersea Polytechnic student Alec Issigonis, who brought car ownership to the masses.

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3:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

worthless rust box
dream on pal
worthless rust box dream on pal nickynoodah

4:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

Love seeing these old classics around, especially ones like this that were run of the mill in their dayThe sort of car everyone could own and most did.Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days out with them.
Love seeing these old classics around, especially ones like this that were run of the mill in their dayThe sort of car everyone could own and most did.Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days out with them. sprintervanman

4:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days
and the AA man on the corner of every street.
Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days and the AA man on the corner of every street. nickynoodah

4:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Oh that electric fuel pump if it played up give it a couple of knocks and then drive on.
Oh that electric fuel pump if it played up give it a couple of knocks and then drive on. Lord Spring

5:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Oh the joys of being towed and the bumper and front of the car falling off
those were the days,.
Oh the joys of being towed and the bumper and front of the car falling off those were the days,. nickynoodah

5:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days
and the AA man on the corner of every street.
And of cause all the Recovery Companies have now gone bust because you would never have a modern car breakdown?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Brings back memories of Grandparents and childhood days and the AA man on the corner of every street.[/p][/quote]And of cause all the Recovery Companies have now gone bust because you would never have a modern car breakdown? sprintervanman

5:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

l'anglais says...

Mr Dietrich stick to ovens and fridges.

Either that or work on etypes, jags or rollers.
In fifty years time would you prefer your kids doing up a toyota or a mcclaren?
Mr Dietrich stick to ovens and fridges. Either that or work on etypes, jags or rollers. In fifty years time would you prefer your kids doing up a toyota or a mcclaren? l'anglais

5:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

Brilliant ,at least there will be 1 decent car down under..
Brilliant ,at least there will be 1 decent car down under.. Lucky Rich

5:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Oh the joys of driving home from Bettws-y-Coed with my wellies on and two inches of regen in the foot well.
Oh the joys of driving home from Bettws-y-Coed with my wellies on and two inches of regen in the foot well. nickynoodah

7:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Oh the joys of driving home from Bettws-y-Coed with my wellies on and two inches of regen in the foot well.
Sorry you should have said.I have a Family Holiday Cottage in Snowdonia.You could have stayed over and dried out. :-)
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Oh the joys of driving home from Bettws-y-Coed with my wellies on and two inches of regen in the foot well.[/p][/quote]Sorry you should have said.I have a Family Holiday Cottage in Snowdonia.You could have stayed over and dried out. :-) sprintervanman

7:37pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Had to be down Hilton pit at 6 am
I were a worker
not a bedsit shirker.
Had to be down Hilton pit at 6 am I were a worker not a bedsit shirker. nickynoodah

7:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Had to be down Hilton pit at 6 am
I were a worker
not a bedsit shirker.
Hilton Gravel Pits? Hard work and a worthy job .Beautiful Nature reserve now I believe to be owned and managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust..
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Had to be down Hilton pit at 6 am I were a worker not a bedsit shirker.[/p][/quote]Hilton Gravel Pits? Hard work and a worthy job .Beautiful Nature reserve now I believe to be owned and managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.. sprintervanman

7:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I have found this for you on EBay used but good, get bidding george

390736755147
I have found this for you on EBay used but good, get bidding george 390736755147 nickynoodah

11:15am Fri 3 Jan 14

elite50 says...

A modern car?
My first car was a 1932 Austin 10.
It had a rusted out chassis (welded back "as new").
It had the accelerator in the middle.
It cost 10 Quid.
I could not drive it on my own because if I needed to make a right hand turn, or go up a hill my mates had to give me a push. The clutch was slipping a bit. (Richmond Hill was a "no go" zone).
Ah! those were the days!
We could park just about anywhere.
We never got a speeding ticket, the car just would not go that fast.(a radar zone was a place that helped shoot down German bombers).
We were FREE!
We were also young and stupid, got drunk and drove home every weekend.
I have survived and preached to my kids about the evils of drink driving.
Things were different then, or so I like to think.
A modern car? My first car was a 1932 Austin 10. It had a rusted out chassis (welded back "as new"). It had the accelerator in the middle. It cost 10 Quid. I could not drive it on my own because if I needed to make a right hand turn, or go up a hill my mates had to give me a push. The clutch was slipping a bit. (Richmond Hill was a "no go" zone). Ah! those were the days! We could park just about anywhere. We never got a speeding ticket, the car just would not go that fast.(a radar zone was a place that helped shoot down German bombers). We were FREE! We were also young and stupid, got drunk and drove home every weekend. I have survived and preached to my kids about the evils of drink driving. Things were different then, or so I like to think. elite50

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