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Morris Eight Pre-Series-1935

Morris Eight Pre-Series-1935

By the time of the Eight, William Morris had amassed quite a consortium of automotive component suppliers under the umbrella of Morris Motors Ltd. Hotchkiss and Wolesley provided engines, Pressed Steel Co. made body panels, Bishop supplied brakes and steering components, SU gave carburetors, and Wrigley made transmissions.

Morris Mini 2/3 Scale Model- 1975

Morris Mini 2/3 Scale Model- 1975

This “car” was built from body parts taken from a 1975 Mini, skillfully “shrunken” to approximately 2/3 the size of a “real” Mini. 

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
Morris Mini Traveller- 1967

Morris Mini Traveller- 1967

Morris Motor Company was started in the 1920s and established a reputation for reliable family cars. In the 1950s, Morris merged with its old rival Austin to form British Motor Corp. Economic factors in the UK in the mid-1950s made the creation of “a proper miniature car” a priority, and BMC assigned a small team of designers to the task.

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • Morris Motors Ltd
Morris Mini- 1971

Morris Mini- 1971

Sir Alec Issigonis designed the Mini, which became one of the best selling cars in Europe and one of the most recognized cars ever produced. This car defined Issigonis’ philosophy “less is more.”

 
  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • Austin Morris Division, British Leyland Motor Corp.
Morris Mini-mini-1960

Morris Mini-mini-1960

.This is a custom-designed Mini built on a stock Mini drive train.  As you can see, the car has been cut in half.  The back seat was removed and approximately 2 feet has been cut out of the body.

New Map Solyto- 1959

New Map Solyto- 1959

When it first appeared in 1938, the New-Map Microcar from the well-known motorcycle manufacturer was something of a novelty, but it certainly found favor in the post-war period. 

  • Country of Origin: France
  • Les Equipements Electriques K.V.
Nissan BE-1-1987

Nissan BE-1-1987

The Be-1 was the first of the “Pike Factory” cars. It created quite a stir at the 1985 Tokyo Motor Show. The public loved the retro styling, and when the order taking process began, all of the planned 10,000 Be-1’s were spoken for in just a few days.

Nissan Figaro-1991

Nissan Figaro-1991

The Nissan Figaro was a limited-production, high visibility “halo” car, intended solely for the Japanese market.

Nissan PAO-1989

Nissan PAO-1989

The PAO was introduced to an adoring public at the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show alongside the S-Cargo. The retro styling of the hugely popular Be-1 was continued and taken even further.

Nissan Rasheen- 1997

Nissan Rasheen- 1997

As the popularity of Sport Utility Vehicles (or SUVs) grew in the 1990s, Nissan realized it needed a small four-wheel drive SUV to augment sales of its larger Nissan Patrol.

Nissan S-Cargo-1989

Nissan S-Cargo-1989

The Nissan S-Cargo was first shown at the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show. From 1989 until 1992, only about 12,000 were produced. The small size but tall cargo area made it an ideal delivery vehicle in urban areas, with payload limited to 660 pounds.

Norster 600R- 2013

Norster 600R- 2013

Designed in Finland and built in China, the Norster 600R seen here may look like, and even drive like, a normal passenger car but it is actually registered in Europe as a “heavy quad” (All Terrain Vehicle in the US). 

NSU 1000 TTS-1967

NSU 1000 TTS-1967

The NSU 1000 represented a major change for NSU.  This model has a four-cylinder, overhead cam engine which is air-cooled and located in the rear.

NSU 1200 TT-1969

NSU 1200 TT-1969

In the 1950s, NSU was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.  Management was still looking into the future, and was concerned that small cars were going to replace the motorcycle as a means of transport.

NSU Prinz 1000- 1967

NSU Prinz 1000- 1967

The NSU 1000 represented a major change for NSU. This model has a four-cylinder, overhead cam engine which is air-cooled and located in the rear.

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • NSU Motorenwerke AG
NSU Prinz 4 Saloon- 1962

NSU Prinz 4 Saloon- 1962

While the NSU Prinz 1, 2, and 3 were inexpensive, economical cars, they were not considered stylish. NSU realized that if they sought to sell small cars in volume numbers they needed a car with a more appealing style.

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • NSU Motorenwerke AG
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