1958 Morris Minor Reviews

1958 Morris Minor 1000 0.95 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership1972
Most recent year of ownership1973
Engine and transmission 0.95 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

Best 50 quid I ever spent

Faults:

I bought it with a real oil-burner engine, soon replaced. In the last week of the old engine I had a lot of fun, it revved SO easily!!

Clutch linkage broke one time, fixed with parts from a scrapper.

Ever try to do the seals in the master-cylinder? Nightmare!! You had to lever the torsion bar out of the way to remove the mounting bolts.

Poor old thing died very quickly of terminal rust... I blame the North Sea air.

General Comments:

This was my first car, and I loved it. Maybe slow, but you could throw it around corners with predictable results, I could do the 10 miles from my favourite watering-hole in 10 minutes on country roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

1958 Morris Minor 0.9 from Malta

Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

A real practical classic

Faults:

Blown head gasket trying to get the most out of the engine!

Vast range of electrical problems due to poor restoration in the electrics by previous owners. Lots of cheap work.

General Comments:

Car was very slow in traffic, especially uphills it kept a lot of traffic behind.

I am fitting the popular Fiat Twin Cam and using disks upfront to keep up with modern traffic and also trash some of it!

The car has a lot of character. I wonder how a car like the mini and beetle kept on production and the Minor didn't - I prefer driving it more than the other modern car I own.

The interior is very simple and that attracts me a lot - no plastic stuff, fearing it will break in your hands on first touch.

People love it, wherever I go people are asking about it. For old people it brings old memories and to youths it looks funky.

I am just 19 years old and I think with little mods and a nice color the car is cool enough!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2003

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews