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Morris Fabric Minor Saloon 1929 (1749)

Manufacturer: Morris Motors Limited, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

Type: Fabric Minor Saloon (M11282) Series 1

Production time: 1928 - 1932

Production outlet: 39,087 (including commercials)

Engine: 847cc straight-4 SOHC (by Wolseley)

Power: 20 bhp / 4.000 rpm

Drivetrain: rear wheels

Speed: 88 km/h

Curb weight: 670 kg

Wheelbase: 78 inch

Chassis: channel-section steel ladder type and ash wood frame with steel skin

Steering: Bishop cam

Gearbox: three-speed manual + reverse / non-synchromesh / floor shift

Clutch: Morris single dry plate 61/2in diam

Carburettor: SU 7/8in diam

Fuel tank: 25 liter

Electric system: Lucas 6 Volts

Ignition system: Lucas D4A, DS4 or D41 distributor and coil

Brakes front: mechanical cable 8 inch drum brakes

Brakes rear: mechanical cable 8 inch drum brakes

Suspension front: rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs + single action friction dampers

Suspension rear: rigid with semi-elliptic leaf springs + single action friction dampers

Rear axle: live

Differential: spiral bevel

Wheels: 3 stud bolt-on 3.50 x 19 inch wire

Tires: 400 x 19 inch crossply

Options: safety glass (by Triplex)

 

Special:

- William Richard Morris (Lord Nuffield) introduced some of Henry Ford's production line methods in Britain in 1924 and became Britains largest car facturer in the mid ‘20s.

- The Minor was introduced at the 1928 London Motor Show, Olympia, Morris's belated riposte to the Austin Seven (1922-1939). Only this Fabric Saloon and a Tourer were available in 1928. From 1930 the other models were offered.

- Chassis and drive train have been designed by a subsidiary, “EC Wrigley & Co Limited”, a gear manufacturer in Soho, Birmingham, that Morris had bought after bankruptcy and renamed "Morris Commercial Cars".

- The engine has been largely redesigned at Wolseley (founded by Herbert Austin), a company personally owned by William Morris. Engine, clutch and gearbox mounted as a unit at four points on rubber washers.

- The engine was expensive to produce and often had to contend with oil in the generator, so that in 1931 a simpler side-valve motor was designed, which is almost the same performance: 19 bhp at 4.000 rpm. “the £100 motor-car”. Until 1932 both versions were manufactured parallel (47,231 units built).

- The Minor Series 1 was available as this two-doo Fabric Saloon, as two-door four-seater Tourer, as two-seater Sports, as four-door Family Saloon, as Sports Coupé, as 5cwt Van and as rolling chassis for various customs, like a two-door Coachbuilt Saloon and a four-door Coachbuilt Saloon.

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Taken on June 21, 2014