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Lot 088: Morris 8 Series I

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

One of the great automotive success stories of the Thirties and one of the best-loved pre-war cars, it is no exaggeration to say that the Eight was the car that saved Morris. Small and affordable but with room for all the family, it was far more suited to Britain's increasingly crowded roads than the larger models that had formerly underpinned the Morris range. So successful was it that within three years of its introduction in June 1935, over 116,000 had been sold by the time it was replaced by the Series II in 1937. Available as a two or four-seat tourer and a two or four-door saloon, the Eight was capable of 60mph and 40mpg from its 23.5bhp 918cc side-valve engine, driving through a three-speed box with synchromesh on the top two gears. It also benefited from hydraulic brakes and a good level of equipment - all this for the princely sum of just 120 brand new! Believed to date from 1936 as its mid series chassis number would suggest, this four-door saloon model has been off the road since 2000. At about this time, a full re-trim in blue leather was undertaken, as well as other restoration work including re-silvered headlight lenses, however the project was never quite completed. Running well when it was taken off the road, it now requires light re-commissioning by its new owner to bring it back to its former glory. Complete with a lovely picnic basket of the same age (and colour), this lovely series 1 would make an easy project which could still be completed in time to enjoy the rest of the summer.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number088
Estimate£3000-£3500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1936
Condition rating
Registration numberBYD 397
Mileage-
Chassis numberS1F/107358
Engine number107767
Engine capacity (cc)885
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4