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Encyclopedia > Morris Minor
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Manufacturer Morris
BMC
Production 1948–1971
1,368,291 produced
Predecessor Morris Eight
Successor Morris 1100
Morris Marina
Class Compact
Wheelbase 95 inches (2.87 m)
Length 148 inches (3.76 m)
Width 95 inches (2.55 m)
Designer Sir Alec Issigonis
Morris Minor MM
Production 1948–1953
250,962 produced
Body style(s) 2-door saloon
4-door saloon
2-door convertible
Engine(s) 0.9 L Morris Sidevalve engine Straight-4
Morris Minor Series II
Production 1952–1956
269,838 produced
Body style(s) 2-door saloon
4-door saloon
2-door convertible
2-door estate
2-door pickup truck
2-door van
Engine(s) 0.8 L A-Series Straight-4
Morris Minor 2200
Production 1956–1971
847,491 produced
Body style(s) 2-door saloon
4-door saloon
2-door convertible
2-door estate
2-door pickup truck
2-door van
Engine(s) 0.9 L BMC A-Series Straight-4
1.1 L BMC A-Series Straight-4
Later Morris Minor Van with aftermarket rear side windows
Morris Minor Traveller (estate)
Morris Minor Rally

The revolutionary Morris Minor (the prototype was called Mosquito) was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20 September, 1948. Named for an earlier Morris Minor car , it was the work of a team led by Alec Issigonis, who later designed the Mini. Sir Alec became famous for his creation of the Mini but he was really proudest of his participation in designing the Morris Minor. He considered it as being a vehicle which managed to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car with a price suitable for the working classes, while the Mini, introduced in 1959, was a spartan mode of conveyance with everything cut to the bone. The Morris Minor, when compared with competitor products in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering / handling characteristics. 1953 Morris Minor Series 2, at a Classics Rally, Bristol, England, in October 2003. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... Morris Motor logo, from a UK Royal Mail van 1927 Morris Cowley 1928 Morris Minor Saloon 1946 Morris Ten Series M 1953 Morris Minor Series 2 1971 Morris 1000 Traveller The Morris Motor Company was a former British car manufacturing company. ... BMC rosette logo old BMC share A preserved BMC ambulance. ... The Morris Eight was a small car inspired by the sales popularity of the Ford Model Y. The success of the car enabled Morris to regain its position as Britains largest motor manufacturer. ... Photo from original press release of Austin 1100 The Morris 1100 was a small family car built by the British Motor Corporation and, later, British Leyland, from August 15, 1962 to June 1974, developed under the ADO16 codename. ... The Marina was a car manufactured by the Morris division of British Leyland throughout the 1970s, a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the British car industry. ... It has been suggested that Vehicle size class be merged into this article or section. ... The Rambler American introduced in the late 1950s was an early compact car. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Automotive design. ... The machine factory (shown here in a company letter of 1910) founded by Demosthenis Issigonis, Alecs grandfather, was one of the thriving Greek businesses in Smyrna (now Izmir). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 480 × 320 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 320 pixel, file size: 30 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Image of a Morris Minor MM Series, which was sold between 1948 and 1953. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... This article is about the type of car. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American Convertible can also refer to a convertible (security) A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Internal combustion engine. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... Download high resolution version (1770x1419, 296 KB)1953 Morris Minor Series 2 at The Great West Road Run, Aust, Bristol, England. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... Mazda B-Series compact pickup truck with extended cabin and home-made wooden rack. ... A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods or groups of people. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Internal combustion engine. ... An 848 cc A-Series Engine in a 1963 Austin Mini Austin Motor Companys small straight-4 automobile engine, the A-Series, is one of the most common in the world. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 527 pixel, file size: 36 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Morris Minor List of automobiles by... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Internal combustion engine. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1000x543, 161 KB) Summary Took photo myself, 23rd April 2005, Christchurch, New Zealand, photo shows Morris Minor Van, later lights, glass in rear. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1000x543, 161 KB) Summary Took photo myself, 23rd April 2005, Christchurch, New Zealand, photo shows Morris Minor Van, later lights, glass in rear. ... Download high resolution version (1833x1314, 320 KB)1971 Morris 1000 Traveller at Bristol Car Show, The Downs, Bristol, England. ... Download high resolution version (1833x1314, 320 KB)1971 Morris 1000 Traveller at Bristol Car Show, The Downs, Bristol, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 355 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (444 × 750 pixel, file size: 137 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Morris owners rally Source: http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 355 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (444 × 750 pixel, file size: 137 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Morris owners rally Source: http://www. ... Morris Motor logo, from a UK Royal Mail van 1927 Morris Cowley 1928 Morris Minor Saloon 1946 Morris Ten Series M 1953 Morris Minor Series 2 1971 Morris 1000 Traveller The Morris Motor Company was a former British car manufacturing company. ... Earls Court is a place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1933 Morris Minor tourer The Morris Minor was produced by the Morris Motor Company in two versions. ... The machine factory (shown here in a company letter of 1910) founded by Demosthenis Issigonis, Alecs grandfather, was one of the thriving Greek businesses in Smyrna (now Izmir). ... For the new MINI, see MINI (BMW). ...


Internal politicking inside manufacturer BMC (British Motor Corporation) may have led to the limited American sales of the Minor. BMC rosette logo old BMC share A preserved BMC ambulance. ...


Over 1.6 million were eventually produced, mainly in Cowley, Oxfordshire, and exported around the world, with many variants of the original model. Production continued in Birmingham through to 1971, with the commercial variants and Traveller, and it remains a well loved and collected vehicle. It also became a popular basis to build a hot rod on, because of the transatlantic styling that resembles a late 1940's Chevrolet. It was also lightweight and rear wheel drive, with the possibility of swapping in (among many other engines) the Rover K-Series engine or the Fiat Twin Cam. Map sources for Cowley at grid reference SP5504 Cowley in Oxfordshire is a residential and industrial area within the city of Oxford, originating with the former villages of Cowley, Temple Cowley and Cowley St John (Also occasionally referred to as Church Cowley). The Cowley area underwent massive transformation from 1912... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... T-Bucket hot rod Hot rods are older, often historical, cars. ... The Rover Group K-Series engine is an engine built by MG Rovers MG Powertrain division. ... Designed by Aurelio Lampredi the Fiat Twin Cam was an advanced straight-4 automobile engine produced from 1959 through 1994 as a Fiat/Lancia engine and from 1994 onwards with a redesigned cylinder-head as an Alfa Romeo engine (replacing the original Alfa Romeo Twin-Cam in all front-wheel...

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Minor MM

The original Minor MM series lasted from 1948 until 1953. It included a pair of 4-seat saloons, 2-door and 4-door, and a convertible 4-seat Tourer. The front torsion bar suspension was shared with the larger Oxford MO, as was the almost-unibody construction. Although the Minor was originally designed to accept a flat-four engine, with four distinctive gaps in the engine bay to accommodate it, late in the development stage it was substituted for a 0.9 L (918 cc/56 in³) side-valve straight-4 producing 27.5 hp (21 kW) and 39 lbf·ft (53 N·m) of torque. This little engine pushed the Minor to just 64 mph (103 km/h) but delivered 40 mpg (5.9 L/100 km). This article is about the type of car. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American Convertible can also refer to a convertible (security) A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... A torsion spring is a ribbon, bar, or coil that reacts against twisting motion. ... The Oxford name was used by the Morris Motor Company on a number of models, beginning with the 1913 Bullnose Oxford, and ending with the 1961–1971 Oxford VI. This page covers the post-war Oxford MO through the Oxford VI. // Oxford MO After World War II, the Oxford MO... Monocoque (French for single shell) or unibody is a construction technique that uses the external skin of an object to support some or most of the load on the structure. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... Torque applied via an adjustable end wrench Relationship between force, torque, and momentum vectors in a rotating system In physics, torque (or often called a moment) can informally be thought of as rotational force or angular force which causes a change in rotational motion. ...


Early cars had a painted section in the center of the bumpers to cover the widening of the production car from the prototypes. This widening of four inches is also visible in the creases in the bonnet (American hood). Exports to the United States began in 1949 with the headlamps removed from within the grille to be mounted higher on the wings (American fenders) to meet safety regulations. These became standard on all Minors for 1951. When production of the first series ended, just over a quarter of a million had been sold with a surprising 30% being the convertible Tourer model.


Minor Series II

In 1952, the Minor line was updated with an Austin-designed 0.8 L (803 cc/49 in³) overhead valve A-Series engine replacing the original sidevalve unit. An estate version was introduced, the Traveller, along with van and pick-up versions. The Traveller featured "woody" rear bodywork with two side opening rear doors. The 4-seat convertible and saloon variants continued as well. The Austin Motor Company was a British manufacturer of automobiles that rose to be a major motorcar brand, the dominant partner after merger with Morris in 1952 but declining after absorption into the British Leyland Motor Corporation, and its subsequent troubles. ... An 848 cc A-Series Engine in a 1963 Austin Mini Austin Motor Companys small straight-4 automobile engine, the A-Series, is one of the most common in the world. ...


The engine had been designed for the Minor's main competition, Austin's A30, but became available as Austin and Morris were merged into the British Motor Corporation. The new engine felt stronger, though all measurements were worse than the old. The 52 second drive to 60 mph (97 km/h) was still calm, with 63 mph (101 km/h) as the top speed. Fuel consumption also rose to 36 mpg (6.5 L/100 km). The A30 was a compact car produced by Austin Motor Company in the 1950s. ... BMC rosette logo old BMC share A preserved BMC ambulance. ...


The grille was modified in October, 1954, and a new dashboard with central speedometer was fitted. Almost half a million examples had been produced when the line ended in 1956.


Engines:

  • 1952–1956 - 803 cc A-Series Straight-4, 30 hp (22 kW) at 4800 rpm and 40 lbf·ft (54 N·m) at 2400 rpm

An 848 cc A-Series Engine in a 1963 Austin Mini Austin Motor Companys small straight-4 automobile engine, the A-Series, is one of the most common in the world. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ...

Minor 1000

The car was again updated in 1956 when the engine was increased in capacity to 0.9 L (948 cc/57 in³). The two piece split windscreen was replaced with a curved one-piece one and the rear window enlarged. At the same time the the semaphore-style 'flippers' (trafficators in US English) were replaced by the more modern flashing direction indicators then becoming the norm for the UK market. An upmarketcar based on the Minor floorpan but with larger BMC B-Series engine was sold as the Riley One-Point-Five/Wolseley 1500 beginning in 1957: a version, with tail fins added, of this Wolseley / Riley variant was also produced in Australia as the Morris Major. Trafficators are the internally lit semaphores springing out from the door pillars on some older (pre 1950s) motor vehicles to signal left and right turns. ... The lighting system of a motor vehicle consists of lighting and signalling devices mounted or integrated to the front, sides and rear of the vehicle. ... The BMC B-Series was a straight-4 automobile engine family created as a larger alternative to the companys A-Series. ... The Riley One-Point-Five and similar Wolseley 1500 were upscale versions of the venerable Morris Minor. ... The Riley One-Point-Five and similar Wolseley 1500 were upscale versions of the venerable Morris Minor. ...


In 1961 the Morris Minor became the first British car to sell over 1,000,000 units. To commemorate this event, a limited edition of 350 two-door saloons were produced with distinctive lilac paintwork and a white interior. Also the badge name on the side of the bonnet was modified to read "Minor 1,000,000" instead of the standard "Minor 1000".


The Minor 1000 gained an even larger engine, 1.1 L (1098 cc/67 in³) in 1962. It could now reach 77 mph (124 km/h), yet consumption was down to 6.2 L/100 km (38 mpg). Other modifications included a new dashboard layout (a lidded glove box on the passenger side, an open cubby hole in front of the driver), a different heater, plus new, larger tail/flasher and front side/flasher lamps. The car was beginning to seem dated, however, and production declined. The Tourer was deleted in 1969, with the saloon line gone the next year. 1971 was the last year for the Traveller and commercial versions. Nearly 850,000 Minor 1000s were made in all. The car was officially replaced by the Morris Marina, which replaced it on the Cowley production lines, but for the management of what had, by 1971, mutated into the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the Morris Marina was seen primarily as a 'cheap to build' competitor to Ford's top selling (and in many respects conservatively engineered) Cortina, rather than as a replacement for the (in its day) strikingly innovative Morris Minor.


Today the Morris Minor and 1000 are amongst the best served classic, family sized cars in the old vehicle movement and continue to gain popularity. The affection in which the model is held is reflected in the number of rebuilt and improved Morris Minors currently running in Britain. In addition to more powerful engines, desirable improvements necessitated by the increase in traffic density since the Minor was withdrawn from volume production include the replacement of the 'original equipment' drum brakes with disc brakes. Engines:

  • 1956–1962 - 948 cc A-Series Straight-4, 37 hp (28 kW) at 4750 rpm and 50 lbf·ft (68 N·m) at 2500 rpm
  • 1962–1971 - 1098 cc A-Series Straight-4, 48 hp (36 kW) at 5100 rpm and 60 lbf·ft (81 N·m) at 2500 rpm

An 848 cc A-Series Engine in a 1963 Austin Mini Austin Motor Companys small straight-4 automobile engine, the A-Series, is one of the most common in the world. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... An 848 cc A-Series Engine in a 1963 Austin Mini Austin Motor Companys small straight-4 automobile engine, the A-Series, is one of the most common in the world. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ...

External links

  • Official Morris Minor Owners Club website
    • Barnsley
    • Dorset
    • North East Scotland
    • South Wales
  • Morris Minors for sale and wanted website
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