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)
- 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.