Why This Iconic Auto Designer Bisected His Baby

Right before the launch of one of Britian's most famous cars, the car's designer had one of the first production models cut in half. He did this because the car just didn't feel right. This didn't happen in some prototype stage– the production line was up and running, and the car that was bisected (longwise) was one of … » 5/04/12 4:00pm 5/04/12 4:00pm

Could This Be The Greatest Terrible Car Ever Made?

It's big, it boasts a body designed by the Italian design house responsible for the Maserati 5000 GT and Alpine A106, and it packed Buick V8 power under its vast hood. And, uh, mumble mumble Lucas Electrics mumble mumble. » 4/03/10 2:00pm 4/03/10 2:00pm

The Dilemma Facing British Car Shoppers In 1951: Alvis, Bristol, or…

The last round of print ads from old issues of Autocar was a lot of fun, so I've scanned another batch from 1951. We've got everything from the Rover 75 to the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. » 8/23/09 2:30pm 8/23/09 2:30pm

How To Sell Your Morris Minor Hell Project

We can just hear the conversation that took place prior to shooting these photos:

"Look, just sit on the hood and look sexy- this thing's as good as sold, baby! We'll be able to buy something that runs every day!"
"But... the hood is all
icky! And why is there smoke pouring out from under the dash?"

Doing the pinup thing … » 6/20/08 8:00am 6/20/08 8:00am

PCH, Mysterious But Cheap Edition: 1919 Dodge or 1948 Morris?


The Itchy Fiberglass Hell that is the '57 Devin managed to beat out the Dodgy Deal Hell of the Hemi Bantam in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. Of course, we all want basket-case old race car projects against which to dash our hopes and empty our bank accounts, but there's a lot to be said for cheap projects that … » 3/25/08 5:15pm 3/25/08 5:15pm

Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

We've seen a few British cars in this series, including a'59 Morris Minor, a '62 Mini, a '69 MGC-GT, and a '78 Jaguar XJ-6, but it's been months since the last one. That's why I'm going with this very clean Morris 1000 convertible for today's DOTS machine. You British-car experts should feel free to put on your… » 1/17/08 9:00am 1/17/08 9:00am

PCH, British One-Two Punch Edition: Travellers or MGB-GTs?

Well, we can all go ahead and change our names to Ettore now, because the 'Bugatti' triumphed over the 'MG TD' in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll by a pretty healthy margin. Perhaps the faux MG wasn't really British enough, what with its German underpinnings (and the Fauxgatti, lacking any underpinnings, was… » 11/28/07 5:30pm 11/28/07 5:30pm

Commenter of the Day: Hell Edition

That saucy tomato Murilee tends to run her his Project Car Hell so late in the day that the comments are never around to be considered for COTD status. We find that a shame since some of the best comments tend to come from the minds of people trying to pick between a Fuego and a Bitiurbo. However, we found a loophole! » 11/01/07 6:45pm 11/01/07 6:45pm

PCH, Aussie Edition: Humber Hawk or Morris Major?

It's been a while since we last took a look at the Hell Projects available outside of the United States, but Project Car Hell is something we all have in common. Yes, whether you're beating your skull against a ZAZ in Mongolia or a Simca in Monrovia, you know the agony of having this seriously cool car that you can't… » 10/31/07 5:30pm 10/31/07 5:30pm

The Morris Minor Family Tree

After photographing the '59 Morris Minor for the Down On The Street series, I became curious about the history of the Minor family of cars; we don't see many of them here in North America, but they seem to occupy a place in Britain's heart akin to the Dodge Dart's over here. Fortunately, the Morris Minor Owner's Club… » 10/09/07 1:30pm 10/09/07 1:30pm