The Official Minor Million Website

 


The Morris Minor was the first British car to sell a million units and as that milestone approached, BMC decided to create a special edition car – a common event now, but a rarity in the 1960s.


|So the Minor Million was created. Mechanically a standard 948 Minor 1000 this special edition of 350 cars was distinguished by vivid lilac paintwork. Other external features were wheel embellishers and special 1000000 badges on the bonnet and boot lid. The interior sported white leather seats with black piping.


Of the 350 ‘Millions’ produced in December 1960, 30 were built left hand drive specification and exported to Europe and North America. The 320 right hand drive were carefully distributed to all the BMC dealers in the UK each of whom, from Jersey to Shetland, had a Million  so that every showroom had a car on display on the official launch date -4th January 1961.


The actual millionth car rolled off the production line on 22 December 1960

to be photographed with the minor’s creator , Alex Issigonis.


Perhaps because the British public were too conservative for lilac in 1961 some of the cars were slow to sell but about 1 in 5 have survived to this day – a pretty impressive percentage !


The Minor Million Register was formed as part of the Morris Minor Owners Club in the late 1970’s to bring together owners with this strange lilac craving.


Currently the register  is in contact with less than 60  of the owners. About 10  have disappeared off the radar or the cars have been scrapped. If you know an owner or spot a lilac wonder hidden somewhere then Phil Smith on 01629 630018 or  077 909 40 909 would be delighted to hear from you ……so keep your eyes peeled for purple !



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Photo: - with Mr L. Bowles and its designer, Mr Alec Issigonis (right) and the Millionth car 8 days after it was built. The car was used extensively by the BMC Publicity Dept until the 20th April 1961, when it passed into the hands of the National Union of Journalists’. The choice was made for its publicity value, as it was sure to get the car mentioned in every newspaper!

From the journalists union the car apparently passed on to the British Red Cross, who raffled it off . It was registered in Bristol on the 1st June 1961, perhaps the last of the millions to be registered, and given the number 1 MHU (one million in engineering terms). The winner to the raffle was a young girl in Wales who was too young to drive! The car went to her, then to the firm her family owned, and then to another owner in Wales.

The car was restored (after being painted red) in the early 2000s  and has been recently in 2015 bought at auction by Mike Alford of Lincolnshire and has undergone a more professional make over....well done Mike.


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