The one millionth Morris Minor car ever built has been sold at an auction for 25,760 pounds. The classic British-built car was sold earlier at the Surrey auction house, Historics at Brooklands.
It was one of 349 “millionth” Morris Minors built in 1960, however, this car was the actual one millionth built.
Stewart Banks, from Historics, said there had been an “awful lot of interest” in the car, which had an estimate of between 22,000 to 26,000 pounds.
“There were 349 made but this is the only one with the million mark on its chassis. The Morris Minor has a very loyal fan base – people have them for years. This particular car has been owned by the vendor for 19 years,” Banks was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“It is just the quintessential British motor car.”
The “millionth” cars were built to celebrate the first time a British car manufacturer had built that number of cars, Banks said.
All of the cars were two-door examples and finished in Lilac with white leather trim. After it was built, the car was passed to the National Union of Journalists for use in a national fund-raising campaign in aid of the British Red Cross.
It was subsequently raffled on national television.
Prior to the auction, Banks said: “I could see the car selling for anything really. It could go for 15,000 pounds if there’s not the right person in the room or 40,000 pounds if there is. But with the enquiries we have had, I can see it hitting the upper end of that.”