Gables Service Station
30 June 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
c.1927 MORRIS COWLEY 11.9HP TWO SEATER WITH DICKEY SEAT
Registration No. Not Registered
Chassis No. Tba
Engine No. Tba
Engine: originally - four cylinder in line, side valve, 1,548cc; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf spring front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive.
The early Bullnose Morris cars, first equipped with White and Poppe engines, later with Continental and finally with the Hotchkiss engine, had earned a justifiable reputation for durability and economy during the 1913 to 1926 period and it was with some reluctance that the company abandoned the 'bullnose' radiator for the 1927 season in favour of the more fashionable 'flatnose' radiator design.
The new car retained most of the characteristics of its predecessors, front and rear wheel braking was now standard and the Morris shock absorbers assisted a smooth ride. In two seater form the Cowley retailed at £142-10s-0d for the 1928 season and helped to consolidate Morris's strong financial position and delight the shareholders of the new company which had recently gone public.
This Morris was discovered earlier this year having lain in farm barn storage for many years. It is very much an abandoned restoration project, which we imagine was begun upon acquisition by the Sharpe Family, until another similar distraction came along.
Today the car looks very sorry for itself and at the time of cataloguing it has not been possible to ascertain where the engine for the car is. This and ancillary parts are certainly available from the well-supported marque club. Similarly there is to date no paperwork supporting the origins or year of the car.
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