The Morris Minor is a motoring milestone. As Britain’s first million seller it became a “people’s car,” staple transportation for everyone from nurses to construction workers. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the genius who later went on to pen the Austin Mini the new Series MM Morris Minor of 1948 featured the then novel unitary chassis-body construction. The 918cc side-valve engine of the MM was rather more antique, a carryover from the prewar Morris 8. Its handling and ride comfort more than made up for the lack of power.
Reviving the name of a 1920s competitor to the Austin 7, Morris Motors came up with a small saloon that would turn the tables on that formidable prewar rival, for Austin entirely failed to match the success of the Morris Minor, which thrived for over two decades following its launch at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948 –an event that saw many of Britain’s first all new postwar cars presented to an eager public.