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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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).

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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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