News : Celebrating the Minor Million’s 50th

Morris Minor Million
Morris Minor Millions meet at the Heritage Motor Centre

A number of Morris Minors were on show at the Heritage Motor Centre on the 4th January, 2011 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Minor Million. The special event was organised in conjunction with the Morris Minor Owners Club.

The one millionth Morris Minor rolled off the production line on the 4th January, 1961 and was aptly named the Morris Minor 1,000,000 – the first time any British motor manufacturer had achieved such huge sales for the same basic design.

A number of the lilac Minor Million cars and the first production Morris Minor NWL 576 were on show to mark the occasion. Ray Newell, Co-Author of A Restoration of ‘One in a Million’ attended the event and his book was launched to coincide with the Anniversary. The book charts the restoration of a Million, a much-loved British car, in a remote location in the Australian Bush and will be on sale via the Heritage Motor Centre Shop shortly.

John Bishop, Car Clubs & Groups Co-ordinator at the Heritage Motor Centre, remarked: ‘We’re delighted to have played host to the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the Limited Edition Minor Million. The Morris Minor was undoubtedly one of Britain’s most successful and iconic cars. The sight of the lilac cars brought many a smile to the faces of our visitors on a cold January day!’

Keith Adams

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  1. I once had a lodger who had a decrepit Traveller which had been shunted and so, in addition to the usual flatulent PARP on changing gear, it squeaked. He went down the road going parp, squeak, pause, parp, squeak… the Minor had a lot of character. Some good, some bad!

  2. @Ken Strachan
    Why do all Morris Minors make that flatulent PARP when changing gear? I’ve been in other BMC cars powered by the same engine, but none display the same verbal indignity as the Morris Minor. Nobody I have asked seems to know why, but is it the exhaust?

  3. Have read of W.O. Bentley being involved as a consultant in the development of the Morris Minor yet am a bit confused as to his role, since it has been said that he developed an (allegedly high performance) air-cooled Flat-4 that was tested in a Morris Minor though not sure how different or related it is to Issigonis’s own Flat-4 engine.

    Other sources meanwhile suggest that W.O. Bentley was only involved in the pre-war Morris Minor.

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