When William Morris launched his Morris Oxford Light Car in 1913 he could have had little idea of the impact that his famous Bullnose radiatored cars would have in bringing motoring to the masses in the UK. Initially powered by White & Poppe engines, Morris cars were later to adopt the Continental engine and subsequently the Hotchkiss engine, a sturdy unit indeed which powered both Cowley and Oxford models, as well as being the basis for the first MG cars and Morris Commercials. The 11.9hp Cowley was the best seller, but for the more discerning and affluent motorist the more powerful 13.9 hp Oxford was first preference. Not only was it powered by the larger 1,802cc engine, (standard from September 1924), compared with the Cowleys 1,548cc unit, the Oxford was equipped with four wheel brakes with larger 12 inch drums as standard from 1925 and the extra 6 inch chassis length enabled more commodious and comfortable coachwork to be fitted. Barker dipping headlamps see illustration were standard fittings for the 1926 season and the Three-quarter Coupé was offered that year for a highly competitive £295.
This car has been in the same family ownership since 1970 sharing a motor house with a fine collection of veteran and vintage machinery. Its history is fully documented since 1926 and some fifteen or so years ago it was restored by respected Bullnose specialists, Cookes of Leicester. It is liveried in a correct colour option for 1926 of brown and black and equipped with nickel fittings. The car is a full four-seater, accommodating two in the Bedford Cord-upholstered interior and two in the brown leather-upholstered dickey seat. Driving equipment includes a radiator Motometer, electric klaxon mounted on the running board battery box, matching rear view mirrors, two-piece opening windscreen, rear luggage carrier, GB plate and a Shell auxiliary two gallon petrol can. The snug Three-quarter Coupé coachwork provides admirably for both foul or fair weather motoring. This handsome vintage Morris comes with old and new style registration documents and a current MOT certificate.
It should be noted that the chassis number on the plate reads 156441. The engine number is 152271.