There were several exotic cars that were built during the post-war period. One of them is the Morris Minor, which is apparently strange to our ears. Here are some details that you should know about this car…
The radical Morris Minor was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20 September, 1948. The first prototype of the Morris Minor was popularly known as the ‘Mosquito’. It was the work of a creative team led by Alec Issigonis who established the name for an earlier Morris Minor car, who designed the Mini soon after.
This year will be the 60th anniversary of the Morris Minor launch. It will be held at Stanford Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire on the 21st/22nd June 2008. Organised by the Morris Minor Owners Club.
Here’s a short piece of history from Wiki:
Sir Alec became famous for his creation of the Mini but he was really proudest of his participation in designing the Morris Minor. He considered it as being a vehicle which managed to combine many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car with a price suitable for the working classes, while the Mini, introduced in 1959, was a spartan mode of conveyance with everything cut to the bone. The Morris Minor, when compared with competitor products in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, excelled as a roomy vehicle with superior cornering / handling characteristics.
Internal politicking inside manufacturer BMC (British Motor Corporation) may have led to the limited American sales of the Minor.