Epic Bat­tles

Mor­ris Mi­nor Vs VW Bee­tle

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

How many scorch­ing af­ter­noons and hazy evenings and have these two racked up be­tween them? Mil­lions of us will re­mem­ber long hol­i­day drives, even longer traf­fic jams in the Moggy and Bug. Cars we re­mem­ber with such af­fec­tion that the hum of their four pots can be re­called by their nick­names alone. On the one hand we have the we have the Mor­ris Mi­nor – the home­grown hero that took a gen­er­a­tion of Brits every­where from the beachs of Corn­wall to the High­lands of Scot­land. Bri­tain’s first car to sell more than a mil­lion is now one of the bedrocks of our boom­ing clas­sic car hobby, and it’s hard to think of a show this sum­mer that wouldn’t wel­come it. Then there’s the Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle. It only ex­ists be­cause a Brit – Ma­jor Ivan Hirst – gave it a sec­ond chance but it went on to con­quer the world, and made its mark on a stiffly pa­tri­otic Bri­tish mar­ket by be­com­ing the na­tion’s best-sell­ing im­ported car. Mar­que ex­perts might be able to point out the sub­tle changes made to them over the years, but for most us, nei­ther re­ally seemed to change much dur­ing their long pro­duc­tion runs. If you didn’t own a Mi­nor or a Bee­tle, chances are you’ll know some­one who did. But which rep­re­sents the best clas­sic buy to­day? We’re about to find out.

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