For good reasons, innovative design in the automotive field had been more or less suspended during the Second World War, and diverted to more … martial endeavors. With the end of the war came a veritable onslaught of new designs, the most popular of which was the 1948 Morris Minor. It was so popular, in fact, that it remained in production, in one form or another, until 1971, an incredible run. It was a modern, well-designed car that was reliable and trustworthy, and was available in a variety of models to suit the tastes of all motorists, including a two-door ‘coupe’, an open top tourer, a four-door sedan and of course, everybody’s favorite, the half-timber ‘woody’ station wagon – oops – estate, with actual wood.
In terms of engine, the Morris Minor was relatively under-powered, and would remain so for the entirety of its production run. It was powered by a succession of four-cylinder engines, never exceeding 1.1-liter, that developed anywhere from 27 to 48 horsepower. Of course, speed wasn’t the point; at best, top speed never exceeded 78 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration was 31 seconds. These engines were perfectly able to move the car at the speed it needed to, and were more than adequate to the task… as long as the task didn’t involve going quickly.
The Morris Minor was equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox, drum brakes and a surprisingly good torsion bar suspension. While it certainly wasn’t a racer, the useful and reliable 1948 Morris Minor was and remains a classic.