Morris 850S

Here's another one of those cars that makes it a real challenge to pinpoint an exact model year. The license plate is a '65 or '66 issue, but the Mini was only sold as a "Morris 850" in the US until 1962. This means it's either a 1959-62 model that was first registered in California in the mid-60s, or it's a Frankensteined Mini assembled from 27 other cars... in which case the whole question becomes sort of a meaningless angels-on-head-of-pin debate, anyway. What we do know is that ass is kicked in copious quantities by this little English machine.

Morris 850S


The '66 Datsun 411 from a few months back parks very close to this Mini, so there's a good chance they're owned by the same person. I mean, if you like vintage Minis, odds are you also like early Datsuns.

Morris 850S


I'm pretty sure this car has an engine a bit bigger than the original 850cc unit, judging by all the obvious go-fast stuff.

Morris 850S


Whaddya know? A Gearhead sticker! Well, this is the East Bay. I've probably met this car's owner down at the Lost Weekend.

Morris 850S


Normally, tires protruding out past the wheelwells look lame, but it's a look that actually works on a Mini.

Morris 850S


This is the second Morris to be seen in DOTS, after the '59 Morris Minor we saw a couple months ago. I've seen a couple others around; will try to catch them parked.

Morris 850S


It's hard to believe a car this small can look mean, but a hot-rodded Mini manages to pull it off. I haven't heard this one run, but I hope it's loud as hell.

Morris 850S


10" diameter wheels! How can you not love that?