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During the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s there appeared to be seven main approaches to "Limited Edition" cars. The first was to adorn the tail-end of a long-running model with as many extras as possible.
Of the many stars taking part in Drive It Day 2018 at the Mini Plant near Oxford – more of which this week – my favourite was a Trafalgar Blue 1967 two-door Morris Minor 1000.
A short while ago, Steve was in search of a particular type of Morris Minor Traveller. His wife Marina particularly wanted a split-screen version fitted with an art deco fascia – ‘which turned out to be something of a rarity.
Lancaster Insurance has announced that it will be widening its Morris Minor schemes, further strengthening its association with the marque.
News: Morris Minor Owner Club member is the winner in our 2016 ‘Lifetime ticket’ competition at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
For the past few years, we’ve offered our customers and friends the opportunity to win a pair of ‘Lifetime tickets’ to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. This year’s winner was Mike Dean, a Morris Minor Owner Club member, and we’re thrilled the tickets have gone to someone who is as passionate about the show as we are!
Some Limited Edition cars, along the lines of the Ford Zephyr 6 Mk. IV Special or the Hillman Hunter Topaz, were produced to clear the showrooms of soon to be replaced models. Others, such as the Morris Minor Million, the Mini 1100 Special or the Ford Capri 280 “Brooklands”, celebrated a milestone anniversary or marked the end of a highly respected vehicle.
If you stop to think about truly iconic British vehicles, or indeed companies, it won’t be long before the name Morris pops up. Morris Motors was one of the true giants of 20th Century Britain, operating through both world wars and creating a range of successful, iconic vehicles.
Lancaster Insurance, classic car insurance specialist, has reinforced its commitment to the marque by widening its schemes to offer cover for any Morris manufactured car as well as small Morris commercial vehicles.
There are certain sights and sounds that can immediately recapture the past – Nigel Planer singing Hole in My Shoe, the opening to The Comic Strip Presents... – and the sight of a well-preserved Marina or Ital Van. It would not be a typical month in 1980s suburbia without seeing a BT Morris attending to yet another malfunctioning telephone box.
The year is 1948, the month is October and you are one of 562,954 visitors to the London Motor Show at Earl’s Court. Of course, your chance of owning one of the exhibits are pretty slim; the government allocated steel to car manufacturers on the basis on their being able to sell their wares overseas – 75% was the target – and the home market waiting list extends for literally years.