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The first Morris Minor, fitted with a Wolsely designed single overhead camshaft four cylinder engine was introduced in 1929.  The lower cost side valve model was introduced in 1931. The ohc model was continued in production until the following year for the long wheelbase Family Eight saloon and Special coupe.

Minor

Engine

 
overhead camshaft
side valve

Number of cylinders

4
4
Bore mm
57
57
Stroke mm
83
83
Capacity cc
847
847
Valves
overhead
side
RAC hp rating
8.05
8.05
CR
4.75
4.9
BHP (graphs)
20
19
at rpm
4000
4000
Valve timing
inlet opens
9 ATDC
6 ATDC
inlet closes
35 ABDC
40 ABDC
exhaust opens
43 BBDC
46 BBDC
exhaust closes
7 ATDC
6 ATDC
Coolant
water
water
Carburation
SU
SU

 

Dimensions

 
swb
lwb
Wheelbase
6'6"
7'7"
Track
3'6"
3'6
Length
9'10"
11'1"
Width    
Weight    
Front suspension
half elliptic
half elliptic
Rear suspension
half elliptic
half elliptic
Axle ratio
5.375
5.875
Tyre size
all ohc or lwb
400 x 19
1931-3 swb sv
3.50 x 19
1934 sv
400 x 18

 

Performance
0 to 50 mph secs
27.2
 
standing quarter secs    
Fuel consumption mpg
40
 
Maximum speed
56
 

 

Body styles Minor (ohc = O sv = S click for picture)
  Doors
 
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933 1934
Semi-sports 2 seat
2
swb
 
 
 
   
Tourer 2 seat
2
swb
   
Tourer 4 seat
2
swb
Fabric saloon
2
swb
 
   

Coachbuilt saloon,folding head

2
swb
 

Family Eight, sliding head

4
lwb
 
 
 

Eight sports coupe, sliding head

2
lwb
 
 
 

 

Chassis numbers
 
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
ohc start
M101
M12739
M27003
M34700
  
 
ohc finish
M12738
M27002
M34699
M39187
 
 
sv start
 
 
SV101
SV5536
20301
33779
sv finish
   
SV5535
SV20300
33778
47333
Total
12638
14264
13132
21253
13478
13555

 

Books and articles (available on the web)
Operation manuals for the Morris Minor e.g. 1934

Trials with a Morris Minor  Autocar November 1947

 

Other sources
The Morris Owner
Issue
page

Introducing the ohv Minor

July 1928 570
Minor saloon and tourer details September 1928 840-2
Decarbonising the ohv Minor August 1929 726-30
Minor sv saloon, description March 1931 35
Minor sv tourer, description March 1931 165
£100 sv Minor, description February 1931 1480
Decarbonising the side valve Minor June 1931 429-32
Family Eight impressions February 1932 1366-72
Morris Minor Family saloon, sv January 1933 1160/1/9
The Minor as I found it March 1934 22-3
Saturday afternoon with the Minor April 1934 122-5
     
The Light Car and Cyclecar
   
Minor tuning and maintenance 21 March 1930 468-70
Minor tuning and maintenance 28 March 1930 493-5
     
The Autocar
   
Advance details of 1929 Minor 31 August 1928 442-4
Minor saloon road test 30 November 1928 1221-3
Morris Minor, detailed information 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1930
Special coachwork 9 May 1930 882-9
£100 sv Minor, description 9 January 1931 72-3
Two-seater Semi-Sports, road test 31 October 1930 925-6
Minor sv saloon road test 5 June 1931 1013-4
Family Eight, description (ohc) 28 August 1931  
Morris programme for 1932 4 September 1931 391-5
Family Eight saloon, road test (ohc) 18 March 1932 462-4
Minor Family Eight saloon 2 August 1932  
Morris programme for 1933 2 September 1932 411-4
Morris Minor Family saloon, road test 2 September 1932 418/20
Minor saloon, road test (sv) 10 November 1933 927-8
     
The Motor
   
£100 sv Minor, description 30 December 1930 1079
Special coachwork 10 February 1931 43-5
£100 sv Minor, road test 6 January 1931 1115-7
Two-seater Semi-Sports, description 12 August 1930 52
Morris programme for 1932 1 September 1931 199-206
Minor road test (sv) 9 February 1932 51-2
Morris programme for 1933 6 September 1932 214-20
Minor Family saloon, road test (sv) 28 February 1932 121-1

 

 

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