Greg James with wife Vanessa James and the 1967 Morris at Farmer's Choice Organics.
Greg James with wife Vanessa James and the 1967 Morris at Farmer's Choice Organics. John Gass

Nothing mini about this massive herb garden

AT Farmer's Choice Organics the fresh produce grows in the most unique of places - a 1967 Morris Minor to be exact.

This interesting garden pot is now half the size of its original form.

Greg James, who owns the Wollumbin St, Murwillumbah, nursery with wife Vanessa, said his youngest brother Harry originally bought the car for $3000 in 1985 where he worked for a Ford dealership in Sydney.

"The car had 12 months rego and came with rust in the roof so it was decided the car would not pass rego again, so we cut the roof off to create a convertible," Mr Howard said.

To make the transformation, the brothers removed the doors and cut the floor to shorten the car down to a two-seater.

"It actually ended up square after the cut as the wheel track is the same as the wheel base, this made it quite exciting to drive around tight roads but a little scary when braking hard."

They then added a tow bar and some sand bags in the boot to stop it doing nose flips under heavy breaking.

The Morris Minor was something of a 'chick magnet' for the brothers.

"There were numerous situations when we were out and about in her, she would turn girls' heads and elicit comments like '"too cute" and "I want one" and we would get the best smiles from people."

The car one day reached her limits so was put out to pasture in a garden in Sydney where it stayed for 26 years.

Fortuitously Greg made contact with his brother last year, on the day that Harry happened to be moving the Mini.

"That was Sunday evening and the following Friday she was dropped into a box trailer and brought up from Sydney and placed in the front garden of the nursery."


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