Morris Minor 1000 (1966) by Piet Schoon. “A supreme small car.”

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The story of this extremely successful typically English car started at Piet with the Morris dealership in Stadskanaal. It was a successful little man's car, a family car that could accommodate 4 occupants and luggage and had low fuel consumption. When he bought this 1000 Morris Minor 1966 in 2006 when he was now XNUMX years old, it was a strong reminder of his time as an entrepreneur in the (Morris) car industry. It was now a collector's item for him, which he wanted to give a second life in the Netherlands. 

By: Dirk de Jong 

Piet could easily tell a story about his life through his cars. The first brand was Morris, it was upgraded more often until sales fell. He was forced to represent another brand, which was Simca. That history is also known to many classic car enthusiasts. After the takeover of Simca, Piet Schoon moved to Renault, the French successful brand which his son still represents today. 

Morris as a collector's item

On a holiday trip through England, Piet and his wife came to the town of Bath in the county of Sommerset where this beautiful Morris Minor 1000 from the first owner was found. He was therefore right hand drive, and the first thing Piet undertook was the steering wheel of these two by putting the saloon in the European position (left). After this operation, the Morris remained in the collection as a symbol of his earlier work. In addition to this beautiful English folk car, Piet is also a great lover of military vehicles from the Second World War. He also owns a Willy's Jeep and a big DAF, with which he likes to go out with Keep Them Roling. The 'old skool' experience gives him great satisfaction!

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New owner

Perhaps Piet Schoon is overcome with a deep sense of regret when he sells the car to a new owner. But to face the reality: As an 80-plus, it is time to hand over the car, so that the new enthusiast can keep the Morris Minor 1000 alive at events and gatherings. Piet Schoon lets his hands slide along the mudguard for a while, the flowing lines on the sheet steel still give pleasure to the memories. Some experiences you never forget!

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6 comments

  1. Once my father's first car.
    50-66-UD if I can believe my father.
    Still with “fold-out indicators”.
    At the time, he himself replaced the pistons or piston rings.

  2. Came across this older English couple in the Desert….. They had their Morris for thirty years, but the beloved object no longer passed the MOT. Then they thought… either we drive to the scrapyard or we plan a trip through Africa and we'll see how far we get. They were confident that most garages on this continent could handle this Minor. Ultimately a shame about the car but oh what a beautiful chapter

  3. SINCE 1994 I have owned a Morris Minor 1966 fourdoor saloon from an old English neighbor of my second home who was banned from driving by her son. I had her completely restored and I still drive it 500 kilometers a year. Also, from a boy who was no longer allowed to be in his garage every evening by his future wife, I took over the same Morris same color only 3 months after the first produced as a spare parts car. If I had been the man I would have sold the girlfriend 🙂 but he was perhaps wise enough to pass the car over to me as an enthusiast. I remember when we had loaded everything onto a trailer, he cried goodbye to his baby. This was in 1998. Since then the two Morrises have been inseparable with me and if they are sold they will only go away together. A wonderfully uncomfortable car that is hard to say goodbye to, even though I'm almost 76 so not as old as the owner of the Morris described above.

  4. We have been driving a Traveler for 24 years, interrupted by a 3 year restoration. Sandblasted welding made completely bare, closing and installation of new wood, wiring harness, brake lines and brake pump..other clutch operation, tapered roller bearings in the front wheels, etc. Afterwards, we experienced many beautiful holiday trips both in the Netherlands and abroad. end.and we still have a lot of fun with it.

  5. In addition to the Citroen TA and the Volvo PV, the Morris Minor is still a 'real' round oldtimer without any parts problem, in addition to being very nice, therefore also very useful and maintainable.

    • We have been driving a Traveler for 24 years, interrupted by a 3 year restoration. Sandblasted welding made completely bare, closing and installation of new wood, wiring harness, brake lines and brake pump..other clutch operation, tapered roller bearings in the front wheels, etc. Afterwards, we experienced many beautiful holiday trips both in the Netherlands and abroad. end.and we still have a lot of fun with it.

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