Registration No: 216 KO
Chassis No: MHW6/18502
The Farina-designed Morris Oxfords were launched in 1959 and remained in production until 1971 and sought to continue the very successful and long-running Oxford name. The sixth Series offerings came in both Saloon and Traveller (Estate) forms from 1961, both using an uprated version of the B-Series BMC four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1622cc. The basic body style was shared with the Austin Countryman but there were interior differences in dashboard and seating, as well as being built at different factories. Whilst many of the smaller Morris 1000 Travellers are still in circulation, the mid-range Oxford version, which was competing against the Singer Gazelle and Vauxhall Victor Estate cars of the time, is a far more rare find and a good one must surely be worth serious thought.
First registered as ‘216 KO’, this amazing Morris was supplied new by Pheasant Garage Ltd of Erith, Kent to Mr A. R. Spilling Esq of St Paul's Cray (then classified as Kent but now part of Greater London) on 3rd January 1964. Maintained as a labour of love and very sparingly used, an accompanying MOT certificate from September 1973 reveals that the Oxford had covered just 4,150 miles up to that time. Taken off the road and put into storage the following year, the Traveller was inherited by Mr Spilling’s nephew during 1999. Sympathetically recommissioned and similarly only allowed to venture forth in good weather, ‘216 KO’ remained within Mr Spilling’s family until being acquired by the seller in 2004. Conscious of the Morris’s remarkable state of conservation not to mention the awards Mr Spilling’s nephew had collected, the vendor has done his best to preserve the Oxford’s remarkable originality, condition, and incredibly low mileage.
Offered for sale now having covered just 7,163 miles from new, the Traveller displays numerous pleasing original features including the running-in instruction on the windscreen, the original crossply Dunlop tyres (albeit needing changing before any road use), the original Red leather interior (with the rear seats understood to have never been sat in), notably original paintwork in Dove Grey over Rose Taupe, and the registration number which has remained on the Morris from new. Accompanied by a history file that contains the RF60 buff logbook, original Passport to Service that displays the 1st service completed in May 1964 at 648 miles and corresponding ‘Shellubrication’ record, several original sales literature booklets and guides, several MOT certificates and some recent invoices, and a current V5C document. Recently fitted with a clutch slave cylinder in 2022, the Morris has also received a new battery in 2023. Traveller variants of the Farina Oxford are in short supply with very few surviving, so surely this example is unrepeatable with this originality, condition, provenance and mileage!
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