1960 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

Last updated on August 5, 2023

Today’s car is a 1960 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible owned by Steve Toshiyuki. I photographed this car at Marina del Rey Cars & Coffee at the Waterside Shopping Center. It is finished in blue with a gray Interiorand a dark blue convertible top. It is powered by a 38 hp, 0.9 liter, in line OHV 4 cylinder engine, with a single SU HS2 side draft carburetor that is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with 4.55:1 gear ratio rear axle. Slowing this beauty down are drum brakes in all 4-corners. It has rack and pinion steering with independent torsion-bar front suspension, something quite advanced when it was introduced in 1948. In the rear is a live axle with longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs and lever Shocks. Have I mentioned that I love Coco mats.

The Minor 1000, that updated the original MM and Series II Minors, was built between 1957 and 1971 with a total of 847,491 produced, 155,000 units were built in 1960, of which 4,766 were convertibles.  The MSRP was $1,575.00. With a published top speed of 73 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 28 seconds.

This is a beautiful example of a rare restored original Minor 1000. What a great car to take to British and European car shows, Cars and Coffee events or just a cruising around town top down of coarse. Thanks for riding along. Frank