Lot 145 - 1933 Morris 10/4 Saloon
|Odometer reading||7,206 miles|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
- 46-year ownership
- The finest example we have ever seen
Introduced in the latter half of 1932, the Morris 10 stole a march on many of its rivals by virtue of its superior Lockheed hydraulic brakes, most small family cars of the period continuing to rely on mechanical systems. The four-cylinder sidevalve engine drove via a three-speed gearbox and in most other respects, the 10 was entirely conventional. This example benefits from a four speed gearbox with synchromesh. This model was also extremely successful, helping Morris establish a commanding presence in the increasingly important 10hp market sector. The 10 provided a generous amount of accommodation for this class of car (it was identical to the Twelve in all respects save for the latter's larger engine) with ample legroom in the rear compartment.
This stunning Morris is offered for sale for the first time in over 46 years. The car was purchased in 1976 and was garaged for a few years before the restoration process began. The decision was taken at the outset that the restoration would not be limited by either time or expense and that everything would be done correctly and to an exacting standard. This mantra is obvious in the car we see today. The phrase ‘everything works’ is unusual when describing a car that is nearly 90 years old but certainly applies to this 10/4. The doors close with a reassuring thud, the sunroof works, as does the rear blind. The green and black paintwork and the green leather upholstery are in the same fantastic condition as the rest of this wonderful car. The front grille mounted temperature gauge is, as to be expected from such a well restored car, spot on. The Morris 10/4 was extremely advanced for its year and this model includes hydraulic brakes and an electric fuel pump, a feature that wasn’t standard on Rolls-Royce cars for another three years. Offered to auction with the original key, handbooks, various bills and receipts, a V5C registration document, old tax discs and photographs of the restoration process. The original buff logbook is present, together with various owners’ manuals. Following this lifetime restoration process, JG 3902 has travelled just over 7,000 miles which have been described by the vendor as both trouble free and tremendous fun. Sensibly estimated for what is one of the finest cars we have ever seen, this Morris would grace any collection.