Car of the Month : March 2002

This month, I reckon it is the turn of the Morris Marina to be featured as Car of the Month – and where better to start than this “mint and boxed” Mark 1 1800.

See what you think – this example owned by John Capon is possibly the best around, although I’m sure he’d argue with me on that score.



The white paintwork of this 1800 looks absolutely flawless.



Front view shows that age shall not weary this Roy Haynes design… and is that a Lancia Dedra in the background?



And from the other side, this car is totally original and unmarked…


I have to say that this is possibly the nicest Morris Marina I have seen since you could buy them new – well done, John!

And in case anyone is wondering, he also owns a Princess and a Vanden Plas 1500 that are in equally good condition (lucky sod!)

Keith Adams

About the Author:

Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007. Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

Have your say...