NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th August, 1959 : First pictures of British Motor Corporation’s new mini-car reveal a compact four-seater. Its roominess is achieved by placing the four small wheels at the corners and mounting the engine sideways in front. There will be an Austin as well as a Morris version, differing only in front-end look. Both cars are capable of 70 mph. The pictures show an austere interior with pull-strings to open the two doors, and sliding fitment of the front door windows. Instruments are sparse. The boot-lid is hinged at the bottom, forming a platform for a surprising amount of luggage. The car sits low on the road and gives a stable ride. It will cost around £500, with purchase tax.