Ray Newell is a Morris Minor enthusiast and an acknowledged expert on the marque. Since 1983 he has been Secretary of the Morris Minor Owners Club. He has written seven books on the Morris Minor and has contributed regularly to most of the leading British motoring publications.
He has owned a variety ot Morris Minors; his present pride and joy is a rare 1949 Series MM Tourer.
The Morris Minor
Well over half a century after it first appeared in 1948, the Morris Minor has become a much loved classic car. It is as popular now as when in production. During the Second World War, when Alec Issigonis and his team began to design a prototype small car for the post-war era, few could have foreseen that it would become the first British car to sell a million or that the revolutionary design features would stand the test of time so well. This book traces the evolution of the Minor through the different phases of its development to its demise in the 1970s.
- Only months before the launch of the model, Alec Issigonis, the Minor's inspirational designer, decided to increase the width of the car by 4 inches. The bumpers had already gone into production, so they had to be cut in half and an extra fillet added to rejoin them.
- The one millionth Morris Minor was produced in December 1960. A special edition of 349 cars painted in lilac and with white gold leather seats was produced to commemorate this landmark and these cars, called 'Morris Millions' and badged accordingly, are much sought-after by collectors today.
- '...its exceedingly good value. And if you know little about the car's origins, this is an excellent introduction.' Classic Cars.
- '...hard to beat for value, offering plenty of information and a host of black and white photographs.' Classic Car Weekly.