Sunday, 16 January 2011

UK’s motor vanity fair (20) [Bâlciul deşertăciunilor cu motor din UK]

Enthusiats consider it a ‘British miracle’ and it must have been so, in 1948, when this economy car took to the British roads. Eventually, as “video killed the radio star,” so was this car of a slower-paced age killed by cars more suitable to the current maddeing faster times.

The ‘miracle’ only lasted up to 1958, when production stopped, although commercial variants kept being produced until 1971. A Total of 1,6 Morris Minor vehicles were build, but I don’t think that more than a few thousands are still in circulation.

Thanks to my reader C.L., I can add these lovely pictures of a Morris Minor to those that I took myself, and which illustrate the first episode of this series. They are glimpses of mid-20 century Britain, and offer a good example of British craftsmanship.

In the popular imagination the Morris Minor is the car of schoolmasters, district nurses, midwives, openly Anglican vicars, helpful rural grocers and men wearing hats who are, generally, not in a hurry.

If the staid institution of English afternoon tea were motorised, it would look like this. The Minor is a symbol of a gracious England unspoiled by sodium lights, bypasses, tower blocks, KFC and greedy consumerism.

This England was a fable maybe, but fables are often more interesting than facts.” – this is how The Daily Telegraph praises the car pictured here, often seen as ‘quintesentially English’ or ‘typifying Englishness’.

[For all the episodes of this series, and all the posts on this blog go to/Pentru toate episoadele din această serie şi toate postările de pe acest blog mergi la: Contents/Cuprins]

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