Bespoke Traders presents a fantastic 1965 Austin mini countryman estate.
The Traveller is getting a rare car to see on the road nowadays and this example of British motoring history is sure to be a fine addition to any classic car collectors garage.
Comes with its certified copy of a factory record.
Date of build 22nd June 1965 from Carlaw cars limited Glasgow.
Timber exterior trim.
Nut & bolt restoration.
Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman (1960–69)
These models were two-door estate cars with double “barn”-style rear doors. Both were built on a slightly longer chassis of 84 inches (2.1m) compared to 80.25 inches (2.038m) for the saloon.
The early Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman cars had an internal fuel tank located on the left hand side of the rear load area. This is identifiable by the fuel filler cap being on the left hand side of the car just below the rear window. In October 1961 the fuel tank was relocated to the underneath of the car and the filler cap was moved to low down on the right hand side of the car – the same configuration that was already in use on the Mini Van.
From the start of production both models had a decorative, non-structural, ash wood trim on the rear body, in the style of a pre-warshooting-brake (British name for our Station Wagons). This gave the car a similar appearance to the larger Morris Minor Traveller and gave rise to these cars simply being called a woodie. It is a popular misconception that the difference between the Traveller and the Countryman is the wood trim. An all steel version of both the Traveller and the Countryman without the wood trim was launched for export markets in April 1961 and for the home market in October 1962, but the woodieversion remained more popular.
In October 1967 the Mk2 version was launched with the same changes as the saloon (car).
Approximately 108,000 Austin Mini Countrymans and 99,000 Morris Mini Travellers were built.
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