1952 Morris Minor Review

1952 Morris Minor MM (Series 1) 918cc Sidevalve from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1952
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 918cc Sidevalve Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles


I love this little car


Blown head gasket, warped head, and blown piston rings.

Big end bearing shattered, bent crank shaft, and bad clutch.

Windscreen wipers fail regularly.

Constantly over heating due to the lack of water pump.

Seized generator.

Timing belt broke.

Distributor bushes eroded.

Points failed (replaced with electronic ignition).

SU failure.

High fuel consumption.

General Comments:

Iv had a lot go wrong with my 52 side valve. sure It's a beautiful car, it uses a lot of gas, it's slow, and it's genuinely scary when you go around a corner at 45mph.

With a factory top speed of 62mph, mine only does 54mph; it's not a car to keep up with traffic, especially on hills.

You don't buy a car like this if you're going to drive it everyday.

But still, I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

21st Nov 2011, 11:45

Timing belt? Surely you mean fan belt!.

Average review marks: 2.0 / 10, based on 1 review