The name Morris Minor was initially employed for a car manufactured by Morris Motors in Cowley in 1928 though this was a sit-up-and-beg model very distinct from that which we mostly recognize once the Morris Minor. The latter is a smooth rounded car with a mode very contemporary to its time. This car was created by the famous car designer Alexander Issigonis, who later went on to design the Mini. The first Morris Minor was launched in 1948. There were a wide range of model options, including two door and four door saloons and a convertible. The cars were powered by a 918cc engine giving it a top speed of 64 mph. This model series is well characterized from later models aan it offers a split windscreen with a metal bar running along the windscreen center.
A new Morris Minor, the Series Two, was introduced in 1952. The engine was replaced by a smaller 803cc engine and a new body version, the Morris Traveler was introduced. This was essentially an estate car and had a rather sophisticated appearance including a wooden frame. A Morris Minor van has also been manufactured which came as a covered van or as a pick-up style.
A third series, called the Morris 1000, was launched in 1956. The engine was upgraded to 948cc and your body was modernized as were many internal features of the vehicle. Subsequently an alternative 1.1 liter engine was introduced which increased the top speed for 64mph to 77 mph. Production ended in 1971.
As well over one million Morris Minors were made (in fact the millionth car was sold in 1961) in several ways it is the ideal classic car to own. It is relatively very easy to find good bargains and car parts online. The cars themselves are very easy to focus on and the engines continue to be of simple design and straight forward to strip and rebuild.
There a wide range of beautifully restored Morris Minors to be viewed at any classic car rally. Somewhat untidy examples can be sourced for just a few hundred pounds, whilst top quality examples can fetch several thousand pounds. This is certainly a big investment opportunity for the classic car restoring enthusiast and a great first project for any amateur.