29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
Lot 76
 

1925 Morris Oxford 'Bullnose' Doctor's Coupe
No Reserve

Sold for £5,400

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: CL 8136
Chassis No: 116402
MOT: Exempt

  • First registered in Norwich and pleasingly retains a plaque for local firm Mann Egerton to its dashboard
  • Accompanying paperwork dates back to the mid-1960s
  • Fitted with a Cowley 1½ Litre engine at some stage
  • Bills on file for recommissioning in 2018 and 2023
  • Restored decades ago and currently running and driving but would benefit from another refurbishment
  • A rare survivor as a Doctor's Coupe

Introduced in 1913, the basic Morris ‘Bullnose’ design lasted until 1926 by which time its variants accounted for an impressive forty-five per cent of new sales in the UK. Compared to domestic and foreign rivals in the 12hp-14hp market, the model offered notably good performance courtesy of its torquey, four-cylinder engines and light yet robust leaf-sprung chassis. Reputedly marketed for the 1926 model year only (September 1925 – August 1926) because it proved too costly to manufacture, the Doctor’s Coupe - a.k.a. the Three-Quarter Coupe - variant brought a touch of coachbuilt luxury to the ‘Bullnose’ range. An airy four-light design with a two-piece windscreen and nicely-engineered soft-top roof, the newcomer also featured a well-stocked dashboard, dickey seat and Barker’s patented headlamp dipping mechanism. Solely available on the larger Oxford chassis, the Doctor’s Coupe also benefited from four-wheel drum brakes and more comprehensive lighting. A disappointing seller, its £295 price tag was inexpensive for a coachbuilt Drophead Coupe but pricey for a ‘Bullnose’.

First registered in Norwich on 24th November 1925 (or so its ‘CL 8136’ number plate would imply), car number 119402 presents as an older restoration. A handwritten note on file suggest that the Morris spent its early life in Norfolk before migrating to Lincolnshire, Somerset, Dorset and Middlesex. Fitted with a replacement Cowley 1½ Litre engine at some stage, the ‘Bullnose’ was later resident in Scotland before entering the vendor’s late partner’s Cheshire ownership during 2014. Sparingly used in recent years, the Drophead Coupe has been kept garaged as part of a small private collection. Treated to well over £1,000 worth of recommissioning works in July 2018 and October 2023, ‘CL 8136’ is currently running and driving but would benefit from a further refurbishment. Pleasingly retaining a Mann Egerton & Co Ltd of Norwich plaque to its dashboard as well as a smoker’s companion set and the original Barker headlamp dipping mechanism, this rare Bullnose derivative is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and paperwork file dating back to the mid-1960s.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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