Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minor went on to become one of the most successful British cars of all time with over 1,000,000 units sold by 1961 and production continuing right up until 1971. It was conceived as a vehicle to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car with a price suitable for the working classes. Compared with competitor products throughout the 1950’s, it excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering/handling characteristics which continue to delight driving enthusiasts to this day.
The Minor came in several variants including two and four-door saloons, a wood-framed Traveller estate, a panel van, pick-up and convertible tourer. All models were gradually but subtly improved over time, gaining a one-piece windscreen, better heating and an engine that grew from a 27bhp 918cc side valve unit to a 1098cc overhead valve unit that produced 47bhp and could propel the car to a top speed of 77mph.
Owned for the last five years and run daily, this lovely ‘Moggy’ has benefitted from four new wings and a respray in 2018. Recent work has also included new brake shoes, front wheel cylinders and new battery. We are told there is a good folder of history included with the car and it has undoubtedly been well looked after by the current custodian.