Morris's Minor is almost as universal a symbol of England as the London bus. Furthermore, with over 1.6 million being manufactured in its 23-year reign, it is unquestionably one of the most successful cars of all time. We shouldn't be too surprised, however, as the man leading the design team, Sir Alec Issigonis, went on to pen a succession of ground-breaking cars, including the ubiquitous Mini.
The saloon was unveiled at the 1948 Earl's Court Motor Show with Traveller (the wood-framed estate) being added to the range 5 years later in 1953. The Minor range set out to provide the luxuries and practicality of existing quality motorcars at a price suitable for the ordinary person.
Two of these British design classics are to be offered at auction on 25 October in Edinburgh – a 1958 Saloon and, for those who need a little more storage space, a 1959 Traveller.