Page 22. 1935 Morris 8 Series One Deluxe 4-Door Saloon – SOLD £5101.99

1935 Morris 8 Series 1: top-of-the-range Four-Door Deluxe Sliding-Head Saloon

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421 XUK is as nice an example of an early Morris 8 Series One Saloon as you’re likely to find. It is the top-of-the-range model with all the extra accessories (see below) and even has the small mirror at the top of the windscreen so you can see whether your near-side trafficator has flipped up or down as necessary.




The Morris Eight, as announced in August and introduced at the Motor Show in October 1934, gave the prospective purchaser an option of two open models, a two-seater and a four-seat tourer; and two-door or four-door saloons with a Pytchley sliding-head or fixed-head.

A 5cwt van version was available with a light body thanks to the generous use of plymax panels which kept the unladen weight of this small commercial below 12cwt, thus qualifying for the £10 annual Road Fund Tax.

Colour choice on the cheaper fixed-head saloons was limited to an all-black or a two-tone red and black body with the usual Morris practice of stove enamelled wheels, wings, and aprons in black.

To keep the price to £120 for the two-door, or an additional £10 for the four-door body, the trimming was in a red ‘Karhyde’ leathercloth, while bumpers and Lucas Trafficators were extra.

Slightly up-market, the deluxe sliding-head versions must have been a good buy when for an additional £12 10s one had an Eight complete with front and rear bumpers, trafficators, luggage grid, real leather upholstery, and a choice of three two-tone colour schemes.

A completely new 918.6cc side-valve engine, type ‘UB’ with a three-bearing crankshaft, had been designed for the Morris Eight and a proprietary single dry-plate clutch, Borg & Beck 6¼in was introduced for the first time. The three-speed gearbox and engine unit was mounted at four points on rubber; the rear mounts consisting of rubber-to-metal bonded attachments.



Wire wheels were replaced by easy-cleans on the Series II to give the cars a modern look. Of course, these days, we like a less modern look and the original wire wheels, such as on this Morris, complete the period style to perfection.


The rear window blind is operational, as is the sliding sunroof. The front window winds out too.


It drives really well and I can’t find anything to fault.


The previous owner had it since 1969, and maintained irrespective of cost.


It has under 66,000 miles on the clock, and this would appear to be genuine as there are some old MOT’s going back to 1971 that show a gradual build up of the mileage (it was 59,000 in 1971).


It has a current V5C registration document, as well as an old logbook dated 1947 showing the previous owner’s purchase of it in 1969.


It’s in the workshop at the moment where everything is being checked over ready for its MOT (the tax and MOT expired recently).


The interior is still original. The seats are superb. The headlining is faded in places: if the headlining was replaced the interior would look 100% – however the interior would not then be original; a dilemma!


There are two numberplates on the back because once the rear rack is lowered the original plate is hidden.


This is the kind of car you can spend years hunting for – a good original car that positively oozes character. Everyone stops to look at it wherever you go. In my opinion a car such as this is the ideal pre-war vintage car to own and run, as in its day it was an unpretentious car for the masses that was nevertheless extremely well-made. The Morris Register is an excellent club to join, and they have a comprehensive spares supply should you require any parts.


UPDATE 11th March

The Morris 8 went down for its MOT this afternoon – and passed. Here are the extra pictures I took today of the interior.









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