THE CCW VIEW
In spite of their respective engine locations, the Minor and Beetle are both small cars with small engines. As such they’re cars which are praised on how well they make the most of what little power they have. What’s more, it’s clear that both of these cars have been designed for longevity, evident not only from their gradual evolution, but also from the number of survivors that are still around today. It’s possible, with the assistance of specialists and club support, to make an example of either last almost indefinitely.
Just six years separate the production dates of this Minor and Beetle, but you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s a greater age gap than that. The Beetle offers a superior build quality and it’s more relaxing to drive.
And, yet the Minor edges it for me, feeling the more engaging and the more characterful car to drive.
Tiny footnote in period ad shows Morris’ export-or-die philosophy. The Minor’s windscreen became a single-piece unit when the 1000 appeared. Single-carburettor 948cc A-series looks almost lost in the Minor’s cavernous engine bay. Final Minor iteration got the best engine of the lot – a 48bhp 1098cc A-series.
Steve Leigh of Essex Classic Car Auctions (01702 529892, essexclassiccarauctions.co.uk) for organising our drive of the Minor and Beetle featured in this article. ECCA enjoyed a successful sale last weekend and will be holding its next sale on 9-10 September. Sloping headlamps were replaced by upright ones in major 1968 facelift. End-float on the beautifully sonorous air-cooled flat-four means that a rebuild is on the cards. Getting the motor out is a relatively straightforward job, however. THANKS TO