Morris Minor MM, 1950.
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The Minor was designed by Alex Isigonis who later designed the Mini. Contemporary American styling influenced its slghty bulbous shape but it had a rigid unitary construction body/chasis unit (monocoque body). The independent front suspension used torsion springing and rack and pinion steering. Early vehicles of this type had been powered by a 918cc side valve engine, but were later fitted in 1952 with the 803cc overhead valve A series engine, which increased to 948cc in the Morris 1000. 1,582,302 Minors were produced, with the millionth being built in the first week of January, 1961, an occasion marked by a limited production run of 350 of the cars in lilac with 'Minor 100000' badges.