British Motor Museums

14th August 2019

A 1971 Morris Marina 1.3 deluxe has been donated to the British Motor Museum by Mr and Mrs Gooding from Essex who bought the car in 1973. The Marina has 130,000 miles on the clock and has been meticulously maintained. Mr Gooding, who is now in his 80’s, wanted his car to be looked after and cared for by the British Motor Museum.

The Morris Marina was manufactured by the Austin-Morris division of BL from 1971 until 1980. It was a popular car in Britain throughout its production life. The 1.3 deluxe was the bread-and-butter model for many drivers. In 1971, the car would have cost £921 including purchase tax.

The workshop at the British Motor Museum has spent the last two weeks preparing the vehicle. It is now located in the Collections Centre to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors.

Stephen Laing, Curator stated, “We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Gooding for their kind donation. The Marina is perhaps not the most glamorous of models, but it is one that holds memories for many of our visitors”.

Motor Museums get offered various cars. However not every car offered to a Museum is accepted. Museums have limited space and need to ensure an exhibit will be of interest to visitors.

To find out more about the British Motor Museum visit or call 01926 641188.


1973 Marina 1.3 Saloon

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