On this day in auto history - December 22nd

Tue 22nd Dec 2020

It was on this day in 1960 that the one millionth Morris Minor rolled off a production line, making it the first British car to pass the magic milestone.

To mark the illustrious occasion, 349 replicas of the same car were reproduced and finished in lilac paint complete with white and gold leather seats. Special ‘MINOR 1,000,000’ badges were made for each bonnet and boot.

It’s believed that around 40 of the limited edition models remain in existence with the actual 1,000,000th vehicle being one of them, having changed hands for £25,760 at an auction in Surrey in 2015. 

First introduced in 1948, the Minor in all its guises became a classic example of automative design and a symbol of “Englishness”, going on to sell over 1.6 million units by the time production ended in 1971.