Photographer's Note

This car, so wholly out of its element, spoke to me. It is aged and a long way from home, perhaps in its last years before being scrapped.

It shows vestiges of both aspects of post-war Europe -- necessary austerity, but also emerging prosperity. The engineering and tooling were primitive -- look at the door hinge and the pot metal bumper. But it was functional and affordable to the middle class, and even attractive, with its wood trim.

Too often, inexpensive cars give short service, then fall apart; and I must report that from other angles this car shows considerable decay. The Morris Minor was not a sophisticated machine, and yet this tough old British worker has survived -- scratched, rusty, dusty, and repainted with very little finesse -- to tell its story to anyone who will stop and bend an ear.

I understand there may be a registry of British license numbers that could yield more information on this car. It is wearing VWW775F, black letters on white background. Fine print across the bottom of the plate says "Bedale Motor Factors LTD DL7 9UJ." This may or may not be its authentic plate, but any history is appreciated!

This foto was shot on a cloudy day and received very little PP -- some sharpening and a little extra saturation is all. I did clone out a small modern sticker that was near the badge, just to keep the 21st Century out of the image.

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