30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Lot 37

1922 Morgan Runabout De Luxe
Very rare, MAG-engined example and beautifully restored

Sold for £22,275

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: TB 8032
Chassis No: 1083
MOT: Exempt

  • Thought to be one of just twelve surviving Runabout De Luxe models
  • Current ownership for forty years
  • Beautifully restored by Three-Wheeler specialist Bob Barlow from 2007 - 2010
  • Powerful MAG V-twin OISE engine overhauled with help from Bob Angell
  • Original Lancashire registration number and continuation buff logbook issued in 1925

Unveiled in 1909, the Morgan Runabout was based around a lightweight tubular steel chassis equipped with independent ‘sliding pillar’ front suspension and a single, chain-driven rear wheel. Renowned for its low centre of gravity and superlative roadholding, the newcomer could be had in two-seater guise from 1911 onwards. Current for twenty years (1911-1931), the De Luxe model was more comfortable than its siblings thanks to the provision of a longer wheelbase and passenger door! Available with a variety of JAP, Blackburne, Anzani and MAG engines, the latter featured OISE valvegear. An expensive choice, the Swiss-made V-Twins were renowned for their smoothness and power.

The earliest paperwork on file for this delightful Morgan is a continuation buff logbook that was issued on 14th January 1925 by Bolton Council to Arnold Knowles Catterall Esq. A local haulage contractor, he may or may not have been the first owner. Interestingly, the only other name to appear in the buff logbook is that of the vendor (though, doubtless there were other keepers in between times). Entering the current ownership during the early 1980s, the Runabout was essentially complete but scruffy. Spending six months or so abroad on business every year, it was not until 2007 that the seller commissioned renowned Three-Wheeler specialist Bob Barlow to restore ‘TB 8032’ to its former glory. The work took three years to complete, and also included the help of another Three-Wheeler specialist, Bob Angell, when it came to overhauling the rare and potent 1100cc MAG OISE V-Twin engine. Some twelve years later and the quality of the refurbishment speaks for itself (as do the accompanying photos and invoices which chronicle it). The Morgan remains a jewel of a car. Kept garaged and not run of late, the Runabout turned over on inspection with plenty of compression. Thought to be one of just twelve surviving De Luxe models, ‘TB 8032’ would grace any collection. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, period MAG engine instruction booklet and history file.


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 29th November 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 9am

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