Lot 212 - 1934 Morris Oxford Six
|Odometer reading||17,624 miles|
|Estimate||£7,500 - £11,500|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
Bicycle manufacturer William Morris introduced his first car, the 'Bullnose' Oxford, in 1913 starting a tradition of Morris Oxfords that was to continue right up until 1971. With an enviable reputation for reliability and quality, by the end of the 1920s Morris had become Britain's largest car manufacturer holding a 51% share of its home market. Although smaller models- such as the 'Minor' and the 'Ten'- were the mainstays of the range, Morris also maintained an interest in larger cars. A completely new car was announced for 1934 with a longer and stronger chassis and flexible mountings for the 2002cc engine whilst the gearbox gained synchromesh. Initially it kept the 'Six' name (reflecting the number of cylinders in the engine) but this changed to 'Sixteen' which came from the car's tax horsepower category.
'Old Jo' as this Oxford Six is affectionately known is in absolutely lovely condition and has been a regular sight at historic car shows in Surrey and Sussex for the last 20 years. The vendor is reluctantly selling to make space for a recent purchase and is looking for a new home that will hopefully cherish 'Old Jo' in the same way he has. The exterior is finished in blue over black paintwork and the interior has blue carpets and blue leather bench seats, front and rear, which are also in very good condition. The car was manufactured with several interesting features such as a fold-out table for rear seat passengers, a rear window privacy blind (driver operated), a sliding roof to let the sun in and a hydraulic brake system which was still uncommon even on more expensive makes at the time. The car was restored between 1972 and 1976, when some features such as the freewheel option were disabled to make the car safer for modern roads. The car has a wealth of history including the 1934 Operation Manual, a fold-out Lube Chart, a DVLA-supplied keeper history and a stamped road tax license book showing history from 1956 to 1963. Also included within the file is a current MoT test certificate to May 2016 as well as previous ones dating back to 2001. The file also contains invoices from the last 20 years which confirm the high standard of care and maintenance that the car has been subject to. All in all, 'Old Jo' would seem like an ideal vintage investment!
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