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Leading MG engineer dies at home
Morris Minor
The MG Car Company called Daniels' school seeking trainees.
A leading engineer who helped design the Morris Minor and the original Mini has died at the age of 92 after a two year battle with cancer.

Jack Daniels was born into a farming family in Oxford in 1912, later becoming the first ever MG apprentice.

He worked at the company's factory in Cowley, near Oxford, retiring in 1977 after 50 years of car enthusiasm.

During the war he designed light armoured vehicles. He died at his home near Bournemouth.

Daniels was described as "90% perspiration behind the 10% inspiration" of car designer Alec Issigonis.

MG Rover product development director, Rob Oldaker, said: "Jack was a talented development engineer, who will be remembered for his pragmatic input to many cars, the most famous of which were the new era of front-wheel drive cars, starting with his work with Sir Alex Issigonis and Alex Moulton on the Mini.

"His characteristic pipe caused a few communication difficulties for the young and uninitiated, but he guided many towards successful careers in the industry."

After the war, Issigonis and Daniels finished the design of the new Morris small car, which was initially called the Mosquito after the famous war plane.

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