Jess drives a 1970 aqua blue Morris Traveller. It coughs, stutters, whines, and breaks down constantly. Neeedless to say, Jess loves her Traveller. The day she bought it from a scrap dealer, it broke down during a thunderstorm. A stranger by the name of Mary Spillane was passing by and fixed it in under a minute. They’ve been best friends ever since.
Have you or your family ever owned one? Send us pictures if you have them!
ABOUT THE TRAVELLER
A quaint, half-timbered classic that’s also exceedingly practical.
When the Traveller was launched in 1953, it was pretty unusual. Estate cars were fairly rare, while small estate cars were almost unthinkable. Even “Woodies” were generally just for the elite to go hunting in on their large, err, estates. The Traveller was a pioneer, albeit one that clung onto ancient technology ñ for rather than a van with seats and windows, it was a proper, timber-framed utility vehicle based on saloon underpinnings.
By 1953, the Minor was into its Series II and it improved radically with the arrival of the Minor 1000 in 1956. Things changed again for 1962, with the engine now up to 48bhp and 1098cc, though it was still referred to as a Minor 1000. The Minor 1000 sold in huge numbers ñ amazing for what by then was an elderly design. Production finally ended in 1971, with Travellers amongst the last built. The RAF even stashed a few away for later use. In total, over 215,000 Travellers were built.
You can pick up renovated Travellers for in excess of £10,000 and they’re very collectible.