The Pre-War Minor Network
A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor
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Designed by Gordon England
It wasn’t until July 1930 that Morris Motors added a two-seater to their Minor range, a full two years after the model was first launched. They turned to an established coachbuilder for assistance and the Gordon England concern effectively resurrected a design they had first used some 18 months previously on their own ‘England Minor Two-seater’. The similarities are very evident in the photographs to be seen here including the stippled bonnet finish, which on the Morris Semi-Sports was rolled into the bonnet sheet metal, while a matching fabric to that of the body was applied to the bonnet of the England Two-seater. However, the England car was far better appointed in that it was supplied with Moseley ‘Float-on-air’ cushions and an integrated chassis lubrication system among other refinements. The heavily dished steering wheel to be seen on the England Two-seater dates the car to late 1928 or early 1929, making this special one of the earliest to be produced.
The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.
A huge crowd congregated in Blue Hills Mine, Cornwall on 4th April 1931 to witness cars and crews negotiating (or otherwise) the twists, turns and climbs of that cavernous man-made arena. All were competing in the 1931 running of the MCC London-Lands End trial. The image to be seen here shows A. G. Murdoch in his 1930 MG Midget MG 644 hitting a bank at one such sharp turn. Murdoch went on to eventually collect a Silver award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – this image first appeared in that magazine’s 10th April 1931 edition)
NEW ENAMEL BADGES!
A further batch of enameled high quality club badges are now available. Priced at just £22.50 each + £1.50 P&P (U.K.) Order yours today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, stating quantity required and delivery address. (October 2018)
Sunday 7th October: Far Eastern Pub Meet – The Cross Keys, Redgrave, Suffolk IP22 1RW K.O. Noon – All pre-war cars and their crews welcome.
Monday 3rd December (noon): Home Counties quarterly gathering: The RAC Club, Epsom. All welcome, although booking essential via the forum. (NB dress code in force)
1st January 2019 – VSCC New Year’s Day ‘meet’ (From noon): Kings Head, North Lopham. IP22 2NE
June 7th-9th 2019: PWMN Annual Rally, Marlborough, Wilts – Much more news soon.