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Morris Minor

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Morris Minor

Is this an icon?


Morris Minor

This little family car designed by Turkish-born Alec Issigonis appeared at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, and went on to be the first British motor to reach production levels of a million in 1960. By the time the last Morris Minor – or Moggie as it’s lovingly referred to – came off the production line in 1971, more than 1.6 million had been made. Its design was distinctly unconventional when it was introduced, but it was light and responsive, cheap to run and a dream to drive. The public here and abroad took to it like ducks to water. Sold at just under £360 in 1948, demand outstripped supply and it still has an enthusiastic following almost 60 years later. The Morris Minor has made a name for itself in film and TV too, appearing in Austin Powers – International Man Of Mystery, Mike Leigh's Nuts In May, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and many more. It’s even appeared in the Monster Raving Loony Party draft manifesto as part of their transport reforms!


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Driven by an English vicar past the village green where the village team is playing cricket to the picture postcard village church. Probably to have some cucumber sandwiches in the vicarage garden. Quintessentially English


Morris Minor, as the Mini and MGB are exclusively English icons. Like sir Alex Isigonis, who was English-Greek. (Alex derives from Alexander)
P. Karameros

although often compared to the VW beetle this is the version of an iconic english car that was never achieved by the german manufacturer and together with the morris minor post office van is part of the traditional english village setting
chris phillips

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I nominate the English weather.