1966 Morris Minor 1000 DeLuxe saloon 1.1 in-line four cylinder from UK and Ireland
Perfecting the perfect design - the 1098 Minor
During and after the running in period, no faults were apparent, all components maintained as per the owner's manual. It was new you know...
Having taken delivery of my motor car in October of 1966, my faith in BMC motors and in particular Morris cars has been firmly planted. Morris have built up a reputation for well engineered and durable designs, and the Series V Minor is no exception. A plush and sturdy trim, excellent mechanics and a well proven 'mono-construction' shell equal an exceptional small motor car for the modern family. The 1098cc engine is plenty for any sane man, and the smooth well matched gearbox complements the power plant to levels not seen with other manufacturers. The strong brakes have brought the car to a steady and safe stop many a time. Morris have managed to make a car, as flawless as motor design will allow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2016
29th Sep 2016, 11:22
3rd Oct 2016, 23:32
The issue is it isn't 1966. Having had Minors in the past, I know the 1098 A series engine with the 4 speed (no synchro on 1st) gearbox is not equipped for the modern era.
Take a 500 a CITIGO or a C1. You can drive from say Newcastle to Plymouth @ 80mph with the aircon on listening to your DAB radio in relative comfort on less than 2 tanks of petrol.
Try that in a Minor and you will be deafened, exhausted, sweaty, have blown the engine up or lifted off to cruise at 60mph and probably stopped for at least one extra tank full.
Great cars, but outdated by the end of the 70s.