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Minor History

Minor History

The history of the Morris Minor from Series MM to Morris 1000 has been well documented in many books and websites.  This page is intended to cover the basic history of the marque.





Major dates and changes

The production Morris Minor was released in 1948 as the Series MM in lowlight form at Earls Court with 918cc Side Valve engine.  Variants available were 2 door saloon and tourer.

NWL 576

This is the first production Minor chassis number SMM 501









Morris Minor steering wheel

Gold coloured dashboard with instruments behind steering wheel. Curved gear stick for side valve gear box

Morris Minor engine

Side valve engine 918cc. Note air silencer on this home market MM and larger header tank for radiator (no water pump on early cars)

Morris Minor bumper

Early MMs had a body coloured filet in the bumpers due to the famous late widening of the body by 4 inches before production, but after the bumpers had started production












Morris Minor restoration

On MM versions the strenghening piece between the two shock absorbers is straight (as can be seen) on later models this is curved to accomodate the different gearbox housing, so fitting a different engine and gearbox to an MM involves cutting and modifying the bulkhead

Morris Minor Tourer variant

Tourer varient with removable side screens

Morris Minor Lowlight

All MM and Series II models had high arch rear wings and flat bonnet emblem














1950, September – Highlight model introduced due to USA lighting regulations. 4 door model introduced as high light only.

Morris Minor Highlight

Morris Minor Highlight









1951 – last lowlight produced

1952 – start of Series 2 (803cc OHV engine)

Jim Maconaghy's 1954 Morris Minor








Morris Minor CEU 562

Early Series II with cheesegrater grille

Morris Minor photo

The main external difference is the use of the bonnet flash

Morris Minor rear window

MMs and Series II had small rear windows









Morris Minor dash

Dash badge on passenger side now plastic. Straight gear stick for 803cc gearbox

Morris Minor Series II jack point

Continuation of high arch rear wings to allow use of jacking points (jacking points change for 1000)

Morris Minor Engine Bay

803cc engine with export oil bath air filter









1953 – Series MM ended (Traveller, pick up and van variants introduced as Series 2)

Morris Minor open bonnet

Morris Minor CEU 5621







1954 – Series 2 facelift (end of cheesegrater grill)

David's 1956 Morris Minor








Morris Minor steering wheel

Repositioned speedo to the centre of the dash with open glove boxes either side

Morris Minor signal

Continued use of Trafficators (used from 1948 to 1961)









Morris Minor with split screen

All models until 1956 had split front window screen

1955 Morris Minor LUT 533

Later type grille with sidelights now on wings








1956 – Morris Minor 1000 introduced; 948cc (end of split screen and 803cc engine)

Billys 1957 Morris Minor

  • Boot badge now MINOR 1000
  • Shorter remote gearstick
  • Shorter hand brake
  • Larger rear window
  • Split window screen replaced by larger single piece
  • Glove box lids

1960, November – Morris Minor million produced (350 special editions created)

Morris Minor Million







Chassis numbers 1000000 to 1000349 were allocated ahead of the normal sequence (numbers skipped in 1962)

Millionth Minor and the 349 Minor Million replicas built in December 1960 (chassis number 1000000); rest built between 13 – 22 December 1960.  All had Lilac paint with ivory interior with black piping.  1000000 badges on bonnet and boot lid and wheel embellishers.

Lilac Morris Minor Million

Lilac colour with 1000000 badges on the boot and wheel embellishers

Morris Minor Million engine bay

948cc engine

Morris Minor Million badge

1000000 badges on bonnet sides









Morris Minor Million plate

All Million chassis numbers are numbered 1000000 to 1000349 (M Morris, A A Series, S2 2 door Saloon, 3 Series 3 with 948cc

Morris Minor Million upholstery

Ivory uphostery with black piping

Morris Minor Million dashboard

Glovebox lids now had silver finishers since early 1959










1961 – Glove box lids discontinued, trafficators replaced with flashing side lights.

1963 model year – 1098cc introduced Minor 1000

1964 model year – exterior lighting changes, larger combined brake lights, reflectors and indicators at rear. Larger  side lights and indicators at front

1965 model year– Interior changes late model type

Morris Minor group rear view







Ian Carns 1970 Morris Minor

Last changes to model

Morris Minor dashboard

1965 – last phase dashboard








Morris Minor rear light

1964 – exterior lights changed, larger combined indicator and sidelights

Morris Minor 1000 engine

1098cc engine with latest air filter









1969 – Convertible production end.

1970 – Saloon production end.

1971 – Traveller, pickup and chassis cab production end.

1971, December to early 1972 – Van production ends (last records destroyed); approximately 1,619,958 Morris Minors of all variants were produced and sent to markets around the world.


Morris Minor History Road Sign




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