Something’s off about this Morris Minor. Sure, the Garfield orange paint, aftermarket wheels, and roofless configuration are unusual, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The shape of this Minor looks strange, like someone’s been feeding it pies rather than fuel for the past 60 years. That’s because underneath this funhouse mirror of postwar Britain sits an unusually modern platform.
The odd hybrid machine you see before you is likely far, far quicker than a Minor 1000 should be. We’re talking about an electronically-limited top speed of 99 mph rather than a just plain limited top speed of 75 mph, along with a zero-to-60 time half of what the Morris did.
The British Morris is rear-wheel-drive as opposed to the donor car’s front-wheel-drive, and all the high-voltage bits are tricky to package. The simple fact is, they don’t – this is a body drop. The floorpan, dashboard, and all the mechanical bits are purely from the donor, but the panels up top are more Minor than anything. This shouldn’t work, mostly because the dimensions of the two cars aren’t even close. A U.S.-spec first-generation version of the donor car is 21.6 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider than a Morris Minor, all while riding on a wheelbase some 14.4 inches longer.
As a result, this unholy mashup had six inches of sheetmetal added up the middle of the car, and man, does it ever look weird. The wide, flat hood and split glass feels a bit ‘51 Mercury, but the fascia and re-worked fenders don’t fit the vibe. It’s very hot rod, but it needs some of the details cleaned up to hold greater appeal.
If this hybridized Morris is unusual in the front, it’s a straight-up party in the back. This odd Minor is a pickup truck, featuring a wooden bed influenced by the Traveller model. In the bed, you’ll find a wooden chest and an overarching Tiki theme, from candles to a carving. I’m not chronically-online enough to know whether or not this is a bad thing in 2023, but it certainly has a place in hot rod history thanks to the lowbrow movement.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Is this mashup structurally safe?” That’s a good question. Is a British economy car engineered while Fokkers were flying overhead structurally safe by modern standards? Probably not, so how much worse could this body drop possibly be? If you’re becoming a hood ornament in a crash either way, arguments around safety largely go out the window. (Note: Answer to what the donor car is coming after these photos):
That dashboard should be a huge hint as to what lies beneath the stretched British sheetmetal, but in case you’re still drawing a blank, tap the image below to reveal the root of the weirdness.
If you fancy a Morris Minor with stereotypically reliable mechanicals, this green little hot rod is currently sitting on Facebook Marketplace in Hayward, Calif. for $12,500. That’s a lot of money for a chopped-up Morris Minor and an enormous amount of money for the greasy bits of this thing’s donor car, but who knows? Maybe the right person will come along who has to own this thing.
(Photo credits: Facebook Marketplace Seller)
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