Lot 116 - 1949 Morris Six MS

Lot 116 - 1949 Morris Six MS

Lot 116 - 1949 Morris Six MS

Lot Number 116
Registration VFO 652
Chassis Number SMO/10299
Result Sold - £14,560
  • A re-worked Morris Six
  • Fitted with a Ford 7½ litre V8


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. Launched in 1948 the Morris Six cost just over £600 when new. Just over 12,000 were manufactured, most of which were exported and the car was shelved in 1953. Survivors are rare and it is thought only nine are existence in the UK.

There will not be another Morris Six like this one. Power is via a 460ci (7.53 litres) Ford V8, which is mated to a quickshift automatic gearbox. The rear axle is a Ford/Moser unit. The steering utilises a Jaguar rack and pinion, the suspension uses Spax gas shock absorbers and the brakes are large diameter vented discs. Fuel is delivered via a Edelbrock manifold and four-barrel carburettor. The exhaust system is bespoke with twin chrome tailpipes at the rear and to be expected, the interior has also been re-trimmed in leather. The Smith’s gauges are original and function as they should, with the exception of the clock. The radio has been removed as the vendor deemed it pointless ! A great looking car that has been built to a very good standard, this is certainly no ordinary Morris Six.

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