My mate used to have one of these, we called it " The Grader" with 5 of us loaded in with our gear and surfboards it used to bottom out with a shower of sparks every time it hit a bump in the road. Fun times!View attachment 562007
Morris 1100 by Andrew Priest (Aushiker), on Flickr
My first every motor vehicle was a New Zealand assembled, Alec Issigonis (he designed the Mini) designed ADO016 (its only claim to fame I am sure), which was in my case marketed as a Morris 1100. The other common variant was an Austin 1100, but I came from a Morris family so there is no way I could have an Austin. The funny thing was, they are the same car!
I got my Morris 1100 which was fairly an unusual vehicle at the time, being front wheel drive, when I was 18. Even though one could get their licence at 16 in NZ I didn't get my licence until I was 18. I think if memory serves me well my Morris 1100 cost NZ$1,000. I am sure I spent way more than that keeping it going ... front wheel drive in the '70s was not exactly reliable technology.
I still remember to this day the truck like four on the floor gear shift. A change from first to second or third to fourth would just about have the gear lever in the back seat ...
I haven't seen one in years, well since I moved to Australia in '82 and didn't think they where ever popular here so I was quite chuffed to see on my walk with Willow. It brought the memories flooding back ... oh the freedom of owning your first car.