Classic Car Catalogue

Morris 1949

Minor MM  
Oxford MO  
Six MS  
Eight series Z  

Great Britain

Morris introduced their completely new post-war designs in October 1948, following many years of development. The development of the Minor, in fact, can be traced back to the war years when Mr Alec Issigonis first put its basic shape on paper. It was then code-named Mosquito and intended to have a flat-four engine. Now as the Minor it is powered by the 918-cc Series E engine of the Eight which it replaced, but apart from this the car is a total departure from earlier Morris practice.
In October last year joint statements by the Austin Motor Co. and the Nuffield Organisation revealed that the two companies intended to combine their factory resources and to interchange information on production methods, costs, design, research and maintenance in order to bring about a closer standardization and consequent increase in efficiency and lower costs.
The two companies now announce that, following preliminary investigations, the interchange of confidential information has ceased; no further steps will be taken to pool production resources and no merger of any kind is contemplated. There will, however, still be consultations through the medium of the recently formed standardization committee on matters affecting the motor industry as a whole.

The Autocar 1949


wb: 86 in.
(2184 mm)
4 cyl. sv
918 cc
27.5 bhp
- new model
Saloon MM  
Tourer MM  


Morris Minor, Series MM, is available in two door Saloon and Tourer variants. The Minor has a 27.5-bhp side-valve Four engine with four-speed gearbox and 7 ft 2 in wheelbase. The front wheels are suspended independently, and steered by rack and pinion. Tyre size is 5.00-14 and price £383 for both models.


wb: 97 in.
(2464 mm)
4 cyl.
1476 cc
41 bhp
Saloon MO - new model


Morris Oxford, Series MO, was introduced simultaneously with the Minor and features the same basic styling. It is available only as a four-door Saloon, at £546. Engine is a 1476.5-cc (73.5 x 87 mm) side-valve Four, developing 41 bhp at 4200 rpm, driving through a four-speed gearbox with column shift. Like the Minor, the car has IFS with torsion bars and unitary body-cum-chassis construction.


wb: 110 in.
(2794 mm)
6 cyl. ohv
2215 cc
66 bhp
Saloon MS - new model


Morris Six, Series MS, is the Company's third new car for 1949. Priced at £672, this model has the same bodyshell as the Oxford but a longer bonnet, accommodating a 65-bhp six-cylinder OHC engine, and a vertical radiator grille. Wheelbase of the Oxford and Six is 8 ft 1 in and 9 ft 2 in respectively.