Classic Car Catalogue
|Eight series Z
introduced their completely new post-war designs in October 1948,
following many years of development. The development of the Minor,
in fact, can be traced back to the war years when Mr Alec
Issigonis first put its basic shape on paper. It was then
code-named Mosquito and intended to have a flat-four engine. Now
as the Minor it is powered by the 918-cc Series E engine of the
Eight which it replaced, but apart from this the car is a total
departure from earlier Morris practice.
October last year joint statements by the Austin Motor Co. and the
Nuffield Organisation revealed that the two companies intended to
combine their factory resources and to interchange information on
production methods, costs, design, research and maintenance in
order to bring about a closer standardization and consequent
increase in efficiency and lower costs.
The two companies now
announce that, following preliminary investigations, the
interchange of confidential information has ceased; no further
steps will be taken to pool production resources and no merger of
any kind is contemplated. There will, however, still be
consultations through the medium of the recently formed
standardization committee on matters affecting the motor industry
as a whole.
The Autocar 1949
|wb: 86 in.
|4 cyl. sv
|- new model
Morris Minor, Series MM,
is available in two door Saloon and Tourer variants. The Minor
has a 27.5-bhp side-valve Four engine with four-speed gearbox and
7 ft 2 in wheelbase. The front wheels are suspended independently,
and steered by rack and pinion. Tyre size is 5.00-14 and price
£383 for both models.
|wb: 97 in.
||- new model
Morris Oxford, Series MO, was
introduced simultaneously with the Minor and features the same
basic styling. It is available only as a four-door Saloon, at
£546. Engine is a 1476.5-cc (73.5 x 87 mm) side-valve Four,
developing 41 bhp at 4200 rpm, driving through a four-speed
gearbox with column shift. Like the Minor, the car has IFS with
torsion bars and unitary body-cum-chassis construction.
|wb: 110 in.
|6 cyl. ohv
||- new model
Morris Six, Series MS, is the Company's third new car for 1949. Priced at
£672, this model has the same bodyshell as the Oxford but a
longer bonnet, accommodating a 65-bhp six-cylinder OHC engine, and
a vertical radiator grille. Wheelbase of the Oxford and Six is 8
ft 1 in and 9 ft 2 in respectively.