Automobile [Morris Minor 1000]

Maker and role
Morris Motor Company Limited, Manufacturer
Production date
1962
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Object detail

Accession number
2001.10
Production period
Description
1962 Morris Minor 1000 car. 4-cylinder, side valve engine, 948 cc (58 cubic inch), 4 forward speeds, 1 reverse with hydraulic brakes. Top speed: 76 mph (122 kph).
Brief History
The Morris Minor would is one of the most popular cars in New Zealand’s motoring history. More than 70,000 Morris Minors were sold here, which is more per head of population than any other country in the world.

Not known for their speed or power Morris Minors still inspire affection in their owners. Early models were imported as complete units and some later Morris Minors were assembled by Dominion Motors in Newmarket.

Designed in 1936, the Morris Minor did not go into production until 1948. It was designed by Alex Issigonis who later brought the Mini into the world. The Morris Minor was an inexpensive vehicle that was roomy and had good handling characteristics.

Over the decades, various changes were made to the design and engine technology featured in the vehicle, with the engine size increased. The Morris Minor was available in several versions including a convertible, a van, a station-wagon and a truck. The Morris Minor continued to be produced until 1971, when it was starting to look dated, was officially replaced by the Morris Marina.

Type: Saloon
Model: 1000
Manufacturer: Morris Motor Company
Country of Manufacture: England
Year: 1962
Engine type: 4-cylinder, side valve
Engine capacity: 948cc (58 cubic in)
Gearbox: Manual with 4 forward gears and 1 reverse
Other name
Minor 1000
Credit Line
Morris Motor Company Limited. 1962. Automobile [Morris Minor 1000], 2001.10. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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