The one millionth Morris Minor to be produced has sold at auction for £25,760 - 55 years after it rolled off the production line. The classic British car with 23,364 miles on the clock was sold today at Surrey-based specialist car auctioneers Historics at Brooklands.
An online bidder paid a hammer price of £23,000 for the car after it was auctioned with an estimate of between £22,000 to £26,000. With buyer's premium and VAT, the final sale price was £25,760. Presented in immaculate condition, the Morris Minor is still registered on the original number plate 1 MHU, meaning one million in engineering terms.
The lilac-coloured classic recently passed an MoT and is perhaps the most famous example of the car which was manufactured from the late 1940s until 1971. To mark the manufacturing of a million Morris Minors - the first time a British manufacturer had ever built such an amount - British Motor Corporation produced 349 "millionth" cars.
But this two-door Morris Minor was the actual millionth one to come off the production line at Cowley, Oxford, on December 22, 1960. Its excellent condition has been attributed to the fact it has been dry stored in recent years. It was involved in an accident in 1971 before undergoing a full restoration.
It came with a vast history file including five document wallets containing receipts totalling around £15,000 for the restoration, plus magazine and newspaper articles on the car.