Morris Minor Convertible
Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis the Morris Minor was the first UK car to have sales in excess of 1 million.
When it was first produced the Morris Minor was a ‘modern’ up to the minute design, gone were the running boards, rack and pinion steering was used and the engine was positioned over the front wheels rather than behind. This produced a car which was very nimble and comfortable, on twisty roads it could leave more conventional designs with larger engine behind.
Not surprising that by the end of the production more than 1.3 million cars had been sold around the world.
Stylish the car is not, neither is it a beautiful but what it does have is bucket loads of character. Some cars make you smile the Morris makes you laugh and that is probably the greatest compliment you could give the car, it is fun all the way. It makes you feel happy before getting into the car and continues to make you feel happy throughout the whole journey.
Driving the car is like being on holiday where the pace is a lot slower than we are used to. It does not accelerate it just builds up speed, there is no rush it is all very relaxed and peaceful, driving the Morris Minor around the countryside of Wiltshire is simply a nice place to be and makes you wish that live could always be like this.
In fact, if you open the bonnet and gaze into the cavernous engine bay it can’t help you wonder why car manufactures don’t just make Morris Minors. They are so simple, all the components have easy access and are identifiable to the point where you wonder if modern cars will ever catch up. Ok the car does not have power steering but then again it does not need it, the turning circle is great, as is the seating position with easy access, the controls are simple. The best thing is that there is no ECU’s, no engine management lights and no limp mode. The ‘A’ series engine is a well trusted durable unit and the one thing that most previous owners remember is the Morris would always start regardless, dare I say it ‘Japanese reliability’
Our car was born in 1968 and has a 1098 engine. We purchased it locally in Bath the then owner having purchased it 8 years earlier from Morris Minor specialist Charles Ware.
If you want to rekindle memories of your old Morris Minor or just want to turn the clock back then this is the car for you.