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The Morris Minor is one of most iconic cars of all time. It was manufactured in Great Britain as an economy car between 1948 and 1971, with close to 1,4 million being produced. Initially a two-door saloon, the range was expanded in 1950 to include a four-door saloon and pick-up truck and panel van variants from 1953. The Morris Minor is still valued by collectors of classic vintage motor cars, and you should be able to find a second-hand Morris Minor for sale if you search diligently enough.
1948 - The Morris Minor is Born!
The Morris Minor was the idea of the Greek-British car designer Alex Issigonis, who wanted to combine the convenience and luxury of a decent car with a price most working people could afford. The Minor became the first British car to sell over one million vehicles, and the car swiftly became known as a British icon. The Minor was a lightweight car with exceptional handling and a roomy interior that enabled many British families to experience their first taste of life as car owners.
The Morris Minor Series II and 1000 models
In 1952 the second generation of the Morris Minor was introduced with a 803 cc engine designed by Austin, following the merger of Austin and Morris to form the British Motor Corporation. The famous estate version, known as the Traveller, was introduced in 1952 with its distinctive ash frame for the rear bodywork. The next update to the Morris Minor came in 1956 with the release of the Minor 1000 with its 948 cc engine. In 1963 it was announced that the Morris Minor had become the first ever British car to break the one million sales barrier, and a limited edition of 350 two-door saloons was released to mark this achievement.
The decline of the production of the Minor began in the late 1960s, with the Morris Marina and the ADO16 coming in to replace the iconic brand. Today, the Morris Minor remains one of the most popular classic family-sized cars, with an enduring love of the 'Moggie' or 'Morrie' still very much in evidence. A used Morris Minor can still be purchased as they tend to be lovingly maintained by enthusiasts, and parts remain attainable and are much cheaper than parts for modern day cars.