This documentary from 2013 gives us a great insight into the history of Morris Minor!
‘Eric Lord the director of Morris Motors said that Lord Nutfield thought that the new Morris Minor look like a poached egg and that the car was narrow gutted. The people in the department worked though the night and literary cut the car in two down the middle. Then added four inches down the centre of the car, this then made all the difference to it appearance’
‘Morris Minor had its debut at Earls court motor show in October 1948 with a price tag of £358/10’s/7d. And this new model was only announced on the eve of the show. And of course this show was the export only show. All the new model there you could look at touch but could order or drive them home!’ – taken from the description of the below YouTube video
‘The last Morris Minor (commercial) was assembled at Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand in 1974. The Minor has been described as typifying “Englishness”, a “British icon” and a “design classic”‘ taken from The Morris Minor Story article (linked below)
Read the full article about the documentary here!
On the 30th June, we held our annual Mini Spares Open Evening! It was an awesome night, we had great weather for the first time in a long time! As well as fantastic entertainment from Gian Luca the Magician, David the Caricaturist and acoustic music from Black Country Gaz.
The evening was a great success, definitely the best one yet! We’ll be looking for all of your posts about it, to find out your opinions and if we can improve anything for next year!
Thanks to all who attended, as well as all those who worked hard to make it a great night for everyone involved
You can see more pictures by visiting our Facebook page here
Don’t forget about the face in the crowd competition either
It’s not a secret that Chris Evans is a big classic car enthusiast, and amidst the drama surrounding the future of Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson & Co’ (which you can read about here) there have been a few articles about his Classic Car collection.
‘Over the years, he has owned a tremendous collection of motors, with many multi-million pound purchases ranking among the rarest cars in the world.
Here, we look at some of the past and present cars in the Chris Evans car collection.’
(All pictures taken from the article)
‘Modernising classic cars is a fast-growing business with everything from the Jaguar E-Type to the Jensen Interceptor treated to a modern makeover and an Oxfordshire specialist is giving MGs the same treatment
Frontline Developments started life in 1991 as a parts company for classic MGs, founder Tim Fenna setting out to improve the cars’ underpinnings with a view to providing a better driving experience’
Click here to read the article!
‘The EV3 is a prototype electric version of the Morgan 3 Wheeler, a vehicle which helped redefine the marque when it was launched in 2011′
This electric three wheeler is currently going through testing, and is expected to go into production late 2016.
‘It gets its first outing on the Niche Vehicle Network stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, which runs from June 25-28. The original 3 Wheeler was launched at the same event four years ago and within just a few months became a best seller for the company with 500 orders taken.Speaking to the Post at the time, its designer Matthew Humphries said the bulging order book was “way more than expected”
The 3 Wheeler represented something of a revival for Morgan as it was inspired by a cyclecar launched in 1910 which first got the company going. Mr Humphries described it as “A bespoke British sports car that’s taking a lot of influence from the original on which it is based – aircraft from that time and indeed anything from the 30s or 40s’ (Taken from the Birmingham Post Article linked below)
Click here to go to the full article to see further information and picture gallery!
As we posted yesterday, Jaguar Land Rover have decided to stop making the 4×4 by the end of this year and to mark the 2 millionth production milestone they invited a few celebrities to help build a one of a kind Defender 2,000,000 which they will then auction off in aid of three charities; The International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies and The Born Free Foundation.
‘Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna and Theo Paphitis contributed by fitting parts to the vehicle at Land Rover’s factory’
Watch the official film here: http://www.landrover.com/above-and-beyond/celebrate-defender/2-million-vehicles.html
Piston Heads also wrote a very informative and interesting article which you can view here: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/british-cars/land-rover-defender-2-000-000-announced/32407