Minor Saloon and Traveller
Morris Minor Saloon and Traveller
Morris's iconic and long-lived symbol of Englishness.
Originally fitted with a 500-14 or 520-14 crossply tyre. The later became standard in 1962. A suitable radial replacement size would be 145R14.
The first British car to sell more than one million examples, the Morris Minor debuted at the 1948 London motor show. These first (Series 1) cars had a 918cc side-valve engine rated at just 27.5bhp; the 803cc overhead-valve A-Series powerplant introduced in the Series 2 of 1952 had a mere 30bhp.
Initially just a two-door saloon and a Tourer (convertible) were available but a four-door saloon arrived in 1950, initially for export only. A van, estate (marketed as the Traveller) and pick-up joined the range in 1953, a year before the Series 2 was facelifted; in 1956 the Morris 1000 took over. This featured a 948cc A-Series engine and a one-piece windscreen in place of the previous split item.
The Minor Million of 1961 celebrated a million Morris Minors being sold; just 350 were made, all painted lilac. Within a year the Morris Minor got a 1098cc engine then in 1971 the last cars were made in the UK, although production continued in New Zealand until 1974.