By Ray Newell
Hardback, 128 pages
295 x 225mm
250 plus commissioned colour photographs
"What an outstanding book! Impeccably researched and superbly illustrated..." Classic Cars
More than 35 years after production ceased, the Morris Minor's popularity remains as strong as ever. Practical, robust and individualistic, this evergreen classic continues to weave its charm on thousands of owners, either as economical everyday runabout or as cherished classic. Most saloons of similar age have long since been laid to rest in automotive graveyards, but Minors survive in remarkable numbers to testify to the model's commonsense design and exceptional durability.
Original Morris Minor is the essential companion to these delightful cars. Its aim is to reveal, in words and colour photographs, how the many versions of the Minor, from early 'low-headlamp' 918cc saloon to late 1098cc traveller, altered in detail through the course of production. Untrained eyes may only spot whether or not a Morris Minor has a split windscreen, but an amazing number of specification changes, large and small, occurred over the years.
The completely authentic specification which the most discerning enthusiasts now demand can be elusive because so many Minors have been altered over the years, often by impecunious owners trying simply to keep ageing cars on the road for minimum cost. But help is at hand in Original Morris Minor for all owners, restorers and enthusiasts who want a bible on originality. Drawing from factory production records, parts lists and catalogues, as well as the accumulated knowledge of respected restorers and dedicated enthusiasts, thisbook provides the most exhaustive production survey of the Morris Minor ever published.
Accompanying the authoritative text are over 250 specially commissioned colour photographs showing every permutation of Morris Minor specification in remarkable detail. Painstaking selection of cars of the highest quality and authenticity ensures that the photographs in this book provide a valuable reference source. All models are covered: each of the four series (with 918cc, 803cc, 948cc and 1098cc engines) has its own chapter, the various body styles (two/four door saloon, tourer/convertible and traveller) are illustrated in fine detail, and even the light commercial van and pick-up variants have their own section.
The definitive guide to one of Britain's best-loved classic cars, Original Morris Minor is indispensable for all owners, restorers, buyers and enthusiasts.