Why hire a Morris Minor Convertible?
What better way to see the beautiful Yorkshire countryside – the North York Moors, the Yorkshire coast or the Dales – and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, than to experience a Morris Minor Hire.
Treat yourself to a trip down memory lane or buy a gift for someone who has fond memories of this iconic 1960s classic car. The Morris Minor makes a charming and unusual wedding car which will make people smile.
It is the perfect vintage wedding car (…something blue)? We know that collection can be difficult when you’ve so much to do on the day, so have a look at the wedding package.
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Experience driving a Morris Minor Convertible
Hire our Morris Minor from £113 to £165 per day
Morris Minor Hire
Our 1964 dark blue Morris Minor Convertible for hire in Yorkshire has a light blue interior and a cream soft top. In our opinion the best colour combination a Morris Minor can have. Our Morris Minor hire car is a full four seater with the 1098cc engine and upgraded braking system and suspension.
Nearly everyone has either owned a Morris Minor, or their parents or grandparents owned one. In the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970s there were so many of them that it was virtually compulsory to own one at some point in your life. However, few people had a convertible, so a Morris Minor hire is your chance to find out how much better they are with the roof down!
And if using for a wedding car don’t forget – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
A Morris Minor hire lets you experience the enduring appeal of this much loved iconic English car, the car that marked the start of family motoring. The ‘Moggy Minor’, as it is affectionately referred to, may long be out of production, but it is still a truly cherished design classic.
History of the Morris Minor
The Morris Minor was one of the world’s best small cars and the first British car to sell more than a million units, securing it a place in motoring history. Dubbed the ‘World’s Supreme Small Car’, by the motoring press at the launch in 1948, the demand for the Morris Minor outstripped supply. It was the first major new car of the post-war era produced in Britain, and it symbolised the country’s emergence from war time austerity.
More than 1.6 million Morris Minors were manufactured between 1948 and 1972. They were exported to all four corners of the globe until production ceased in the UK at the end of 1971, the final Minor to be produced being a GPO van. Production in New Zealand continued until 1974. Saloon versions made up about 1 million of the Minors that came off the assembly line. Of the remainder about 326,000 were vans and pickups, 215,000 were Travellers, and only 75,000 convertibles or ‘Tourers’.
In the late 1940’s, the Morris Minor was a relatively roomy car with excellent handling and cornering compared to competitor products. It was an economy vehicle that combined the luxuries and conveniences of a reliable motor with a price even the working class could afford. Whilst early Minors – series I and II – had an undeniable charm, the Minor 1000, introduced in 1956 with a 948cc series A engine, had the power to match the handling. The most powerful Minor 1000 with a 1098cc engine was introduced in 1962, of which our Morris Minor Hire car in Yorkshire is one.
The Morris Minor Design
The designer of this superb little car was Alec Issigonis, who is also famous for designing the Mini. Employed by Morris Motors of Cowley, Oxfordshire he started work on his prototype for the Morris Minor, known as the Mosquito, in the early 1940s. However, Lord Nuffield, the chairman of Morris Motors, disliked its appearance and referred to it as looking like ‘a poached egg’. Issigonis himself felt it looked too narrow. So, close to the model’s launch he had it cut in half from front to back, and moved apart until he was happy with the shape. To make the car four inches wider a fillet strip was added to the centre which remained visible on the bonnet all through production.
Issigonis’s design was far-sighted for its day. At a time when most steering used the old fashioned steering box, he chose rack and pinion steering for light, precise handling, with torsion bar independent front suspension for a smoother ride. He also chose a one-piece (monocoque) shell, rather than separate chassis and bodyshell. Whilst he did not invent these features, the way he combined them in the production of a budget price family saloon was ground breaking. Cars today typically use both rack and pinion steering and monocoque bodyshells.
The Morris Minor was so versatile that it even saw over two decades of service in Britain’s police forces. In fact, it is said that as late as 1995 Falklands Islands police were still using their Minor 1000 saloon.
4 cylinder 1098cc engine, BMC A-series
Top speed 77 mph. 0-60 in 24.8 seconds.
48 bhp at 5,100 rpm and 60 lb ft of torque at 2,500 rpm
4 speed manual with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and top
Drums all round. A brake servo has been added to improve the braking capabilities.
Travelling to the Morris Minor pickup point
Our Morris Minor hire car is available for collection near Ampleforth, North Yorkshire. Our location is within easy reach of all the major towns and cities in the north of England. We are in an ideal location for Morris Minor Hire York and Harrogate. For Morris Minor hire Stockton on Tees and Hartlepool, our proximity to the A1(M) or A19 means you don’t have too far to travel either. Hull Morris Minor hire is within 50 miles of our Ampleforth base. Once you’ve collected it, you can drive our Morris Minor hire car anywhere in the UK subject to our terms and conditions.
Hire a Morris Minor as a gift
Gift vouchers available for that special person in your life.
Prices – Select the option that suits you best
No single price suits everyone, so Classic Car Hire North gives you a choice of packages
- All Day Hire
- 24 Hour Hire
- Weekend Package
- 2 Day Mid Week Package
- Proms Package
- Wedding Package
- Security Deposit
- Driver Requirements
All Day Hire
09:00 – 20:00
Additional days £120 per day
Prices include 200 miles per day
The All Day option is ideal for those who want a tour of the Dales, Moors or the Yorkshire coast. The generous mileage limit of 200 miles will even get you to and from the North Pennines AONB. Few people do more than 170 miles in any of our cars when they hire a car for 1 day, so they don’t incur excess mileage charges.
24 Hour Hire
Return within 24 hours
Additional days £120 per day
Prices include 200 miles per day
The 24 hour option is evening to evening and suits those who are planning an overnight stay.
Saturday 09:00 to Sunday 20:00
Price includes 300 miles
The weekend option lets you take a relaxing weekend, with enough miles included to stay in either the Lake District, or the Yorkshire coast.
2 Day Mid Week Package
Tuesday 09:00 to Wednesday 20:00
Wednesday 9:00 to Thursday 20:00
Price includes 300 miles
The 2 day midweek option provides a lower price for those who have time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for a leisurely 2 day break.
Available Monday to Thursday
Evening to following morning
Price includes 50 miles
This package is tailor made for proms. As long as you are not going too far, this package should suit you perfectly. You can collect the car on the evening of the prom and return it the morning after.
40 hours hire
Price includes 125 miles
This package is tailor made for weddings making it easy to pick the car up and drop it off without interfering with your big day. Collect the car the evening before the wedding (17:00 – 20:00), use it all day on your wedding day and then return it the morning after the wedding (09:00 – 10:30).
All prices include insurance for 1 driver
Additional drivers £20 per day per driver
Picnic for 2 can be added at £35
Excess mileage charge £0.75 per mile
Security deposit £750
The security deposit is not taken until you pick the car up, and is done as a pre-authorisation on your card. This means that no money is actually taken, it just authorises us to take up to that amount in the unlikely event that the car is damaged during your hire.
Driver Insurance Requirements
Driver minimum age 25, maximum age 75
In general, drivers need to have had:
- a full licence for 2 years or more
- no more than 6 penalty points on their licence
- no more than 1 claim in the past three years
- no mental or physical problems which affect their ability to drive
If you have any queries please contact us.