And Grandma In The Back Seat

Matthew Parris, political sketch writer and Morris Minor enthusiast, dips into the arcHIVes in search of the golden days of family motoring.

He finds a long-gone world, despised by hi-spec four-wheel drive worshippers, of winding but empty roads, leather upholstery and saluting AA men - from a time when owning an Austin Seven meant you were really someone.

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Matthew Parris, political sketch writer and Morris Minor enthusiast, dips into the arcHIVes in search of the golden days of family motoring.

He finds a long-gone world, despised by hi-spec four-wheel drive worshippers, of winding but empty roads, leather upholstery and saluting AA men - from a time when owning an Austin Seven meant you were really someone.