One of the best-loved Morris Minor variants, the Traveller estate was introduced in 1953. Equipped with the same independent torsion-bar front suspension, all-round drum brakes and precise rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling, the load-lugger proved just as enjoyable to drive. Seemingly as happy carrying horse feed or antique furniture as children and / or wet dogs, its foldable rear seat brought welcome extra versatility. Updated alongside the rest of the range, the Traveller gained an enlarged 1098cc OHV four-cylinder engine in 1962. Rated at 48bhp and 60lbft of torque, the A-series unit was allied to four-speed manual transmission and promised 70mph plus performance.
Finished in almond green with green vinyl upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "reasonable" (engine, electrical equipment) or "good" (gearbox, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork, wheels / tyres) condition. Reportedly treated to some restoration work upon entering the previous ownership in 2000, the Traveller is understood to have benefited from "all new wood and panels to the rear" as well as "a reconditioned gearbox". Bereft of roof guttering, it also lacks an interior light but apparently has the advantage of being "fitted with servo brakes". Further benefiting from some recent fettling at Charles Ware's Morris Minor Centre, this charming yet practical Minor is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until December 2008.