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Series II


The Series II Morris Minor followed on from the Series MM in 1953 with the addition of the 803cc overhead valve A-series engine, which was taken from the Minor's cousin, the Austin A30.

Externally there was very little difference between the MM and Series II. The Series II retained the early "cheesegrater grille" until 1954 when the more well known horizontal grille bars were introduced.

The only way of telling a Series MM from an early Series II from the outside, is by looking at the bonnet badge. The Series MM had a flat bonnet flash (that continued on to the Light Commercial Vehicles), whereas the Series II and Minor 1000s had the newer style "Mazak" bonnet flash with a separate M motif on either side.

Series II 4 door saloon
John Colley photographed Peter Large's Series II four door saloon for the MMOC Calendar and Minor Matters front cover in 1998.












Series II 2 door saloon
Below: Alan Priest's 1955 Clarendon Grey Series II saloon was photographed by John Colley for Ray Newell's Original Morris Minor book. Both Alan's and Peter's car (right) have the more modern horizontal grille bars, which replaced the cheesegrater (a.k.a. honeycomb) grille bars (see period advert below).









Period avert showing Series II convertible


Cheesegrater grille!

Series II convertibles were all the rage even in 1969 when this insurance advert was published in Autocar.

The Series II though had given way to the Minor 1000 back in 1956 .













The Traveller was introduced in 1953. The ash frame is part of the structure on the Traveller and is subject to the MoT test. Bryan Gostling's (above) is thought to be one of the earliest surviving Travellers.

The LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) was also introduced in 1953 in Series II form. The Series II Minors, like the Series MMs, did not have modern flashing indicators. Instead they had semaphore arms or trafficators. On the Travellers, four-door saloons and LCVs, these were located on the B post behind the front doors. On the two door saloons and convertibles they were mounted lower down in the body.

Oldest surviving Traveller


Series II pick-up













Series II GPO van


Series II LCVs are now extremely rare, and Martin O'Dowd's pick-up (above, photographed by John Colley for Original Morris Minor) and Robin Beardmore's rubber-wing GPO van (right, photographed by Andrew Booth for Minor Matters), are two fantastic examples of cars restored to concours condition.

The GPO (General Post Office) were special customers of Morris and B.M.C. providing many Telephone Engineers vehicles.