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… » 5/04/12 4:00pm 5/04/12 4:00pm

The Best Engineers In The World Create A Beautiful Car: Morris Marina!

British Leyland, the envy of the global automotive industry in 1971, knew it had something special with its new Marina. Two body styles! » 7/03/10 2:40pm 7/03/10 2:40pm

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

1969 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Fresh off the boat from England, a RHD Minor Traveller! » 9/12/09 9:00am 9/12/09 9:00am

The Ultimate Automotive Survivors: 50 Cars Made For Over 20 Years

While the Beetle, Ambassador, Mini, and 2CV each enjoyed more than four decades of production in pretty much their original form, we mustn't overlook the other long-term survivors of the automotive world. » 9/06/09 2:00pm 9/06/09 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

And The REAL Buttonwillow Histrionics Winner Is... The Mr Bean Austin…

There wasn't much question that the Index Of Effluency trophy (which goes to the team that totally overachieves, given their questionable choice of car) would go to one of the two 1960s British cars. » 8/16/09 11:45pm 8/16/09 11:45pm

Engine Of The Day: BMC A

The BMC B engine was built for nearly 30 years, but its little brother remained in front-line service for close to 50 years. That's up there with the legendary Toyota R! » 8/16/09 1:00pm 8/16/09 1:00pm

All 700+ Historischer Autofriedhof Gürbetal Cars To Be Sold!

Remember the Swiss neutron star of potential Hell Projects, Historischer Autofriedhof Gürbetal? All 700+ vehicles will be auctioned off next month! » 8/09/09 12:00pm 8/09/09 12:00pm

Murilee's Movie Car Hall Of Fame

If you were outraged by our neglect of your very favorite films in the 12 Greatest Car Movies post, get ready to blow your remaining head gasket! It's time for Murilee's Maddening Movie Machines! » 8/01/09 3:00pm 8/01/09 3:00pm

Celebrating 450 Old Vehicles Down On The Alameda Street: The Other…

As we continue to celebrate 450 cars photographed down on the Alameda, California street, we're going to follow up the Germans with the rest of the Europeans: Italy, France, Sweden, and the UK! » 7/25/09 6:00pm 7/25/09 6:00pm

1965 Morris Minor For $13,500 Canadian!

We all know that old British cars have not been proven to be the most durable, but with today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe car, we guarantee all your problems will be Minor ones. » 6/02/09 7:30am 6/02/09 7:30am

Lysergic Frenchmen Perform Intricate Dance Of Fender-Crunching…

Here we have one of the most weirdly choreographed car-crash scenes in cinematic history, taken from 1971 Jacques Tati film, Trafic.
» 1/16/09 4:00pm 1/16/09 4:00pm

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… » 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… » 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