Wed, 31st Oct 2012 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 39

1938 Morris 10/4 Series III Special Coupe

Sold for £8,156

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: CDG 599
Chassis No: S3-TN/116957
Mot Expiry: None

Introduced in the autumn of 1932, the Morris Ten was one jump ahead of most of its competitors in having Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes in place of the more usual mechanical system. What later became known as the 10/4 was progressively developed, with the Series II version bringing a new, improved chassis, and the Series III a switch from sidevalve to overhead valve cylinder head for the model's 1292cc engine - the same unit fitted to the MG Midget of the period. The popular 10/4 was available in two guises - four-door Saloon and two-door Fixed Head Coupe.

The charming example being sold is one of the latter, and is not only thought to be one of only three made with the OHV engine, but the very the last one still in existence. Featured in the book 'The Morris Motor Car' by Harry Edwards, 'CDG 599' was extensively restored in the 1990s and is currently felt by the vendor to have "good" bodywork, Blue over Black paintwork, Blue leather interior upholstery, four-cylinder engine, and four-speed manual gearbox. The Morris is being offered complete with sunroof, history file, original handbook, sales brochure, and a photographic record of the restoration work. The venerable Morris's odometer currently displays an unwarranted 76, 987 miles.

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