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🚙 Morris Minor – Year Unknown 🚙

In 1948 Britain, the jaunty little Morris Minor was just the remedy the World War II-scarred country needed.

We believe this local sample is a Morris Minor 1000, with the hot engine (948cc), the Series III. But who knows? Next time we see it on the street or at a meet, we’ll ask the owner and update this post.

The first Minor vehicles in 1948 were powered by a 1930s 918 cc engine that made 27.5 horsepower. It took 52.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). Top speed: 63 mph. Once it reached 50 mph, it handled like nobody’s business.

The advent of the motorway meant the Minor needed an upgrade in the engine department, hence the 948 cc. The 0 to 60 mph time was reduced to 35 seconds.

With sales of 1.6 million units, it was the first British car to sell over a million.



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