Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Morris Minor

There are really only two cars in British motoring history that capture the nostalgia of a lost era on such as scale. The Mini and the Morris Minor, both designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and both extremely popular.

This particular Morris 1000 was purchased from ebay and was in very good condition. The insurance was taken out with Adrian Flux, specialists insurers for classic cars. They tend to provide a more competitive quote than mainstream insurers.


When you buy an old classic car the first thing you notice is the lack of instrumentation and creature comforts. The level of comfort you take for granted is not present with older vehicles. The steering is not power assisted, the suspension makes it feel like an old boneshaker and it's performance lacks what you have become accustomed to.

However, there is a strong feeling of nostalgia and something special about a Morris 1000. It turns heads like a Ferrari. People notice. They smile, wave even, and the young and old adore the car.
The Morris Minor was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in London in 1948. It went on to become one of the most popular and top selling British cars of all time. Various versions were made including a variety of vans and the famous Morris Traveller estate cars with their wooden framework.

The Morris Minor is very English. It is featured in many period dramas and even the Antiques Road Show proudly portray a Morris Minor with a grandfather clock as their programme introduction.
The final Morris Minor, a Traveller, rolled off the production line in 1971. In total over 1.6 million cars were produced at Cowley, and to a lesser extent at the factory works Birmingham. These days it is a collectors vehicle, a true classic car in every sense of the word.

Luckily for enthusiasts, this is still an extremely cheap car to maintain. Parts are in abundance and a complete stainless steel exhaust system will probably cost you an awful lot less than an exhaust for your modern vehicle.

The Moggie as it is effectionately known in the UK, can still be found all over the world. In Sri Lanka the parts are now manufactured again and body panels are crafted by hand. Almost every concievable part can be purchased from Morris Minor Motor Centres up and down the country.
How many modern cars on the road today will be around in 50 years time let alone have a parts infrastructure and a following as enviable as this?

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