Never, ever underestimate the ability for our classic car market to turn up some amazing barn find cars. We recently told you about a Rover 200 with 12 miles on the clock which was up for sale and this Morris Ital will seem positively mileagey in comparison, having covered 300 miles – but, for those who feel the need for a new example of Harris Mann’s facelifted Marina, this eBay car just has to be right up your street.
According to the eBay description, the car, an Ital 1.3HL was supplied new by Wadham Stringer (Devizes) Ltd KAM 229X was bought by a local man as a surprise present for his wife to replace her ageing Morris Minor. It was registered on 1 August 1981 (for X-registration day) and she remains the only registered keeper today.
He thought that his wife would be delighted. Sadly, though, she most certainly was not. Not wanting to seem too ungrateful she agreed to drive the car for a while – just to see if she could get used to it after so many years in her beloved Minor. It was not to be the case and, after travelling a little over 100 miles she had to confess to her husband that it was really not the car for her, much preferring the Minor it was supposed to replace. Somewhat dejected and, perhaps, just a little out of spite her husband said ‘fine, then it can just stay in the garage until the Minor falls apart’.
And that’s what happened, with the car barely used since then. Some old MoTs are present with the car, in 1987 the mileage was 193, in 1988 223, in 1990 224 and in 91 266. The last time the car was taxed was November 1992 and, by this time the standoff over whether the car should be used or not was wearing thin…
Question is, what will the car go for? As we closed this piece, it had sailed through the £4000 barrier with over six days left to run – so will we be writing ‘the most expensive Ital in the world’ story this time next week?
Let’s wait and see.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics 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 unfeasible adventures all across Europe.