Decade: 1950s

1951

AEC Regal IV

Associated Equipment Company: Passenger bus
AEC Regal IV

The Regal IV was a familiar sight on the streets of London in post-war Britain for three decades. The Regal IV was built between 1951 and 1953 by the Associated Equipment Company. The design of the RF used a high-floor single deck, with seating for up to 41 passengers. Unlike modern rear-engined buses, the 9.6 litre engine on the RF was mounted... Read more »

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1952

Morris Minor Series II van

Morris Motors: Light commercial vehicle
Morris Minor Series II van

The second series of the Morris Minor was introduced in 1952, four years after the first series made its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. Following the success of the initial versions of the car, a 2 and 4-door saloon and a 2-door convertible, Morris Motors introduced an estate, pick-up and van model to the lineup. The Morris Minor... Read more »

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1952

Morris Minor Traveller

Morris Motors: Family car
Morris Minor Traveller

In 1952 Morris Motors introduced the second series of its Morris Minor series, introduced in 1948. Originally available in two and four-door saloon and two-door tourer styles, the Series II introduced the Morris Minor Traveller. The Traveller model was the most iconic of all the Morris Minor variants with its structural ash frame giving it a distinctive character. The Morris Minor Series... Read more »

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1954

AEC Routemaster

Associated Equipment Company: Passenger bus
AEC Routemaster

The Routemaster bus is one of Britain's most well known motoring icons. Between 1954 and 1968 2,876 Routemasters were constructed. It entered service with London Transport in 1959 and remained in continuous service for 46 years. Other customers for the Routemaster were British European Airways and Gateshead's Northern General Transport Company. The Routemaster was withdrawn from service on 8 December 2005. Transport... Read more »

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1956

Morris Minor 1000

Morris Motors: Family car
Morris Minor 1000

In 1956 Morris Motors introduced the Minor 1000 model, the third version of its successful Morris Minor model. Production of five variants - including the 2 and 4-door saloons and Traveller - continued with mechanical and aesthetic improvements introduced. The most notable changes were a larger capacity engine, a new grille and a single-piece front windscreen. By December 1960 the Morris Minor... Read more »

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1958

Austin FX4

Austin Motor Company: Passenger taxi
Austin FX4

Any visitor to the London during the 1980s and 1990s would have instantly recognised the Austin FX4 taxi. It is one of Britain's most well known motoring icons and its style has been imitated by later London taxi designs. The Austin FX4 became a regular sight in towns and cities across the country, but especially in London. From 1982 onwards production switched... Read more »

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1959

British Motor Corporation Mini

British Motor Corporation: Small car
British Motor Corporation Mini

The British Motor Corporation Mini, marketed at launch as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, is one of Britain's most iconic cars. The Mini was Britain's first mass-market small car. The Mini's designer, Alec Issigonis, produced an innovative space-saving design that could still carry four passengers. Later variants introduced included an estate, pick-up and light van. The Mini was the car... Read more »

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