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Minor Series II 1952 - 1956
Bhp graphs

Dimensions

 

The picture shows one of the rarer tourers.

The first of the A series Austin engined Minors that at long last brought together the legacy of the First Minor and the Austin Seven in a single car. Despite the modern high reving engine the smaller capacity meant that the torque of the old Morris side valve engine was gone and the top speed was very much the same. However this was the basis for the more powerfull later versions and the A series engine lasted well into the 1980s.

Front of Series II Minor changed October 1954 with new style radiator grille of horizontal slats painted off-white or body colour. Side lamps moved to position beneath headlamps. Revised dashboard with centrally mounted speedometer

 

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Minor Series II

Engine

Type
APHM

Number of cylinders

4
Bore mm
58
Stroke mm
76
Capacity cc
803
Valves
overhead
RAC hp rating
8.34
CR
7.2
BHP (graphs)
30
at rpm

4800

Valve timing
inlet opens
ATDC
inlet closes
ABDC
exhaust opens
BBDC
exhaust closes
ATDC
Coolant
water
Cooling
Fan and impeller
Electrics
12-volt positive earth
Gearbox

4-speed gearbox with synchromesh on all forward gears, floor gear change lever

Petrol tank capacity
5 gallons

Petrol pump

SU electric
Carburation
SU

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Dimensions
   
Wheelbase
7' 2"
Track front
4 2 5/8"
rear
4' 2 5/16"
Length
12'4"
Width
5'1"
Weight
15 cwt
Front suspension
independent torsion bar
Rear suspension
half elliptic
Axle ratio
5.375/ 5.286:1
Tyre size
500 x 14
Brakes
Lockheed hydraulic
Drum size
7" diameter - twin leading shoe front
Steering

rack and pinion

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Performance
0 to 50 mph secs
25.7
standing quarter secs
26.9
Fuel consumption mpg
36 
Maximum speed
62 

 

Body styles and colours
 
Doors
1953 
1954 1955
Saloon
2
Empire Green
Clarendon grey
Black
Birch grey
 Empire Green
Clarendon grey
Black
Smoke blue

Empire Green
Clarendon grey
Black
Sandy beige 

Saloon
4
Convertible
2
Traveller
2

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Chassis numbers
 
Start July 1952 (4-door)
159190
Finish September 1956
448174
Total
 
Chassis numbers overlap with Series MM and III

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Books and articles (available on the web)

 

Other sources
The Autocar
Issue
page
Minor saloon, 4-door Road Test
28/11/52
1579-81
The Motor
Minor traveller Road Test
5/54
News Exchange
Minor saloon, 4-door Model description
11/52
14
Minor traveller Model description
11/53
8,9
Motor Industry
Minor Wiring diagram & data
4/53
163, 164
Minor Wiring diagram & data
2/54
129, 130
Minor Wiring diagram & data
3/54
161, 162

Motor Trader

Minor Series II Data Sheet 220
20/10/54
Supplement

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