The Morris Minor is inseparable with English car manufacturing. Simple, clean cut and with a large dollop of personality. Meant to be a car for the working class it remained in production for a very long time span. A real English classic from the design table of Alec ‘The Greek God’ Issigonis, as the British sometimes called him. Most famous for the Mini, Issigonisses Minor was easily as big a succes. Eddie however is a true Minor enthousiast!
He drives a convertible, also known as the Morris Minor Tourer. Nicely cruisin’ around the countryside without too much tinkering is what he prefers. Minors are simple cars, they don’t have all that many parts that can go wrong. It’s this simplicity combined with the joy of open touring that ticks all the boxes for this Anglofile. No hassle, just take the roof down and go for a ride.
The working class car from England. Where Italy offered the Fiat 500, France had the very popular 2CV and Volkswagen sold millions of Beetles around the world, the Minor was the English representative of the working class car. Available as saloon, convertible, estate, van and even a pick-up. A wide variety of possibilities making the Minor a familiar sight on the roads. All designed with their own purpose and all simple and practical. The Traveller is the well loved estate version with the visible wooden frame at the back, the Tourer is the convertible version that gave the car more standing en luxury than the wholesale price led you to think.
What most people don’t know, is that Morris Minors were assembled in The Netherlands as well. The importer, Molenaar from Amersfoort, assembled the cars, as they did with the Mini, few Mg’s and some other English motorcars from the era. A piece of motoring history not every car enthousiast knows. Molenaar quit assembling cars altogether in 1966.
Whenever it is dry, Eddie and his wife prefer to drive the Minor ‘open’. Together enjoying the car and the freedom this little convertible has to offer. And, as it is obligatory when a true enthousiast drives his car, with a broad smile on their faces. Eddie is no mechanic, but his car is in great shape. Small repairs and a little maintenance is all it takes to keep the Minor on the road. Even a trip to old Blighty is never a problem. An adventure with a smile.
From the moment the Minor was introduced until production finally seized, the basic design didn’t change very much. A very conservative approach meant it was manufactured virtually unchanged up til the early seventies. Changes weren’t really needed, since the classic design was and still is enormously successful. It’s classic British looks still put a smile on everybody’s face. Look at Eddie driving his Morris Minor. Top down, the wind blowing through his hair, enjoying the open Tourer!