Wednesday 15th August 1962
Production of the Alec Issigonis designed Morris 1100 Mk I in both 2 door and 4 door models began. Only the 4 door model was available in the UK. Like the Mini, the Morris 1100 had a transverse engine placed directly over the transmission and front wheel drive, allowing approximately 80% of the car’s length to be used for passengers and their luggage. Many variations and improvements were made throughout its 12 year production to suite consumer’s needs. From basic Austin and Morris models to the luxurious Vanden Plas Princess and the sporty MG’s, there was a model for everyone! They soon became Britain’s best selling car. The cars were built in several other countries, including Italy (Morris Innocenti IM3), South Africa (Austin Apache), Spain (Authi Victoria), and Australia (Morris 1100 Mk1, Morris 1500 and Nomad wagon versions). Over 3 million were produced.