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This was the first Morris to use unitary construction and was conceived with independent front suspension.Issigonis designed a coil-sprung wishbone system which was later dropped on cost grounds.
Despite his brief being to focus on the Ten's suspension Issigonis had also drawn up a rack and pinion steering system for the car.Like his suspension design this was not adopted but would resurface in the post-war years on the MG Y-type, but these ideas proved that he was the perfect candidate to lead the design work on a new advanced small car.With virtually all resources required for the war effort, Thomas nonetheless approved the development of a new small family car that would replace the Morris Eight.Although Oak (and Morris' technical director, Sidney Smith) were in overall charge of the project it was Issigonis who was ultimately responsible for the design, working with only two other draughtsmen.This article is about the motor car manufactured by Morris Motors Limited from 1948 to 1972.For the Morris Minor manufactured by Morris Motors Limited from 1928 to 1933, see Morris Minor (1928).
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Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 19 in three series: the MM (1948), the Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series (1956).
Initially available as a two-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range was expanded to include a four-door saloon in 1950, a wood-framed estate (the Traveller) from October 1953 and panel van and pick-up truck variants from May The Minor was conceived in 1941.
Although the Nuffield Organization was heavily involved in war work and there was a governmental ban on civilian car production, Morris Motors' vice chairman, Miles Thomas, wanted to prepare the ground for new products to be launched as soon as the war was over.
Vic Oak, the company's chief engineer, had already brought to Thomas' attention a promising junior engineer, Alec Issigonis.
Issigonis had been employed at Morris since 1935 and specialised in suspension design Issigonis had come to Oak's particular attention with his work on the new Morris Ten, which was in development during 1936/7.