This Morris Minor Pickup Is an Old-School Hot Rod

A 500-horsepower V8 under the hood, and rear tires nearly as wide as the truck itself. The Minor's makers in England could have never seen this coming.

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First launched as a two-door sedan and a convertible in 1948, the Morris Minor is the car that got Britain moving again after the war. Designed under the supervision of Alec Issigonis, the father of the Mini, the Minor family soon expanded to include a four-door and a woody wagon, as well as a panel van and pickup truck as commercial vehicles.

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Due to the high import taxes in the 1950s, the British Motor Corporation only sent around 200 Morris Minor trucks to the US. In the late 1990s, one of them ended up in Long Beach, California, only to be bought by the spark-happy Carr family in 1997.

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What started out as a hot-rod build with a 4.3-liter Chevy Vortec V8 and mix-and-match Ford suspension bits soon turned into a chopped 1956 custom with suicide doors and a cut windshield. Then, the Morris got totaled, only to return from the dead with a built 5.3-liter LS V8 packing 500 horsepower, set to smoke Mickey Thompson street drag tires in a pickup weighing just over 2000 lbs.

Caution: this vehicle contains an unhealthy dose of lead.

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