Lot 278 - 1929 Morris Flatnose Doctors Coupé

Lot 278 - 1929 Morris Flatnose Doctors Coupé

Lot 278 - 1929 Morris Flatnose Doctors Coupé

Lot Number 278
Registration MM 9055
Chassis Number 311898
Engine Number 339198
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £5,040

William Morris's first car was called Oxford in recognition of its home city. It was announced in The Autocar magazine in October 1912 and production began in March 1913. Virtually all components were bought-in and assembled by Morris. It was a small car with a 1018 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine. The car got its popular name, Bullnose, from its distinctive round-topped radiator. Most bodies were of the two-seat open-tourer type, there was also a van version, but the chassis did not allow four-seat bodies to be fitted. The 1919 Oxford was also assembled from locally made components and now took on the rather more substantial aspect of 1915's Cowley. Longer and stronger than the old Oxford, enough to carry five passengers, the new Oxford retained the pre-war Bullnose radiator style in its larger version. The new car's 11.9hp, 1548 cc engine was made under licence in Coventry for Morris by Hotchkiss the French company. In 1923 the engine was enlarged to 13.9hp, 1802 cc. This became known as the 14/28 engine. In 1925 it got a longer wheelbase chassis to move it further from the Cowley, and four-wheel brakes. The distinctive bullnose radiator was dropped in 1926 in an updated version of the car. The engines remained the same, but a new range of bodies was offered including all-steel saloons. There were substantial changes to the chassis frame which was now firmly fixed to the bulkhead.

This is one of two rare 1929 Morris Oxford Flatnose Doctors Coupé’s which were, in the 1990’s, part of a pre-war Morris collection owned by Donald Ridgley who it is believed to have carried cosmetic restoration to both cars before being sold to two different people.

The first 1929 Morris Oxford Flatnose Doctors Coupé with dickie seat was purchased by the vendors husband in 2005, it had had some restoration which included a new interior, this was done when it was owned by Donald Ridgley. When it arrived it was running and driving well but had a crack in the windscreen and a couple of other minor faults which meant it would not pass a MoT test. The car was parked up though regularly stared and checked it was not used. Recently The car has taken from storage and gone through, even though it does not require an MoT all the minor faults, not including the windscreen, have been repaired and we are informed that everything now works. We would recommend that the purchaser of this car has it fully serviced and have the tyres replaced as it has not been moved for seventeen years. Finished in black with green side panels and green interior this rare Morris Oxford Doctors Coupé is supplied with a V5 registration document, original handbook and service manual.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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