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1 July 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
1936 MORRIS 8HP SALOON
Registration No. DNO 853
Chassis No. S1E/E/87692
Engine No. 168006 (replacement unit see text)
Black over blue with blue interior
Engine: four cylinders, side valve, single SU carburettor, 918cc, 23.5bhp at 4,000rpm; Gearbox: manual three speed, synchromesh on 2nd and top; Suspension: beam front axle, live rear axle, half elliptic leaf springs all round; Brakes: four-wheel hydraulically operated drum. Right hand drive.
This is an example from Series 1 (second series) of Eights built, being current from June 1935 to July 1937 and differs from its predecessor in minor detail form such as wearing an enamelled '8' on its radiator mascot. The car has factory built two door, four light, four seater saloon bodywork with bumpers and a sliding sunroof and is finished in the original two tone livery of black over blue, one of four colour schemes offered.
The only known history of the car is recorded in its 1947 buff log book. This states that the Morris was first registered locally with Essex County Council on 29th April 1936. It is certainly possible that the car has remained in this area all of its life, for by the year of its log book, it was owned by a Nathaniel Hall of Widford, Essex. Road tax stamps in Mr Hall's ownership confirm the car to have been on the road until 1965, at which time it is quite possible that it came into the Sharpe collection. The log book also notes that a reconditioned engine was fitted on 18th June 1960.
In long term storage for approaching four decades, the Morris has survived remarkably well and despite some surface corrosion to the bodywork presents in fair order as does its interior which is the original. As such it represents a basis for a straightforward restoration project.
With the car are the buff log book, a more modern V5 document, an MoT from 1965 an operation manual and some receipts.
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This lot is offered without reserve.No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
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