Lot 77 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Sold for £3,038
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: TFF 393
Chassis No: S/2TN65472
Mot Expiry: Oct 2013
Launched in August 1932, the new Morris 'Ten' could be had in either Saloon or Special Fixed Head Coupe guises (though, other body styles soon joined the model range). Another best seller for William Morris's company, its appeal to 1930s motorists was much the same as it is for today's enthusiasts. A simple yet well crafted design, its leaf-sprung ladder chassis was powered by a 1292cc sidevalve, four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Reputedly capable of over 60mph, it came with four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes as standard. Comfortable but agile it provided affordable motoring with a minimum of compromise and plentiful charm. Progressively developed, the 'Ten' - or 10/4 as it became known - gained such niceties a new chassis (Series II) and overhead valve conversion (Series III) not to mention various styling changes before making way for the all new, unitary construction Ten Series M during August 1938.
Finished in Red over Black with Brown upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. Since entering the current ownership some eight years ago, `TFF 363' is understood to have had attention paid to its engine, gearbox, clutch and seats. Reportedly MOT tested every year, this characterful Morris rides on whitewall tyres and comes complete with service history and a fresh MOT.