1952

Morris Minor Traveller

Morris Motors: Family car

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 II is distinguished from earlier versions with the front headlights raised on the front-wings, but still retaining the split-windscreen and cheese-grater grille of the previous Morris Minor MM series. Over 180,000 Traveller variants were manufactured before production ended in 1971. Proving the popularity of the Traveller nearly all the final year's production were Traveller variants.

Front illustration of Morris Minor Traveller 39 FJ 01

Specification

Morris Minor Traveller

  • 3,785Length (mm)
  • 2,184Wheelbase (mm)
  • 1,549Width (mm)
  • 1,524Height (mm)
  • 803ccPetrol
  • 63Speed (mph)
  • 4Speed manual
  • DrumsBrakes

Production

  • Minor TravellerFamily car
  • 1952Start of vehicle production
  • 1972End of vehicle production
  • 180,000Total production run

History

Following the end of the Second World War the Morris Motors company were working on a new small car model. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the Morris Minor was unveiled to the public at London's Earls Court Motor Show at the end of October 1948. At launch the Morris Minor cost £358 10s 7d.

The Morris Minor was initially available as a saloon - in two or four door body styles - or tourer variant, and combined modern design with good road handling. In 1952, after the production of 250,000 examples, the Series II was launched. The Series II version introduced the iconic Traveller model. A year later in 1953 two commercial versions were introduced, in van and pickup body styles.

Introduced in 1956, the most widely produced version was the Morris Minor 1000 model. Morris Motors uprated its engine, replacing the Austin 803 cc engine with an 948 cc engine. Elsewhere a single-curved windscreen was introduced in place of the split-screen seen on earlier models. The rear screen on the 2 and 4-door models was also enlarged for improved visibility.

Appropriately, given its enduring appeal, the last Morris Minor model produced out of a total of 1,619,958 examples was a Traveller, manufactured in April 1971.

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