1931 Morris Cowley 11.9hp Tourer with Dickey  Chassis no. 356419 Engine no. 402657
Lot 415
1931 Morris Cowley 11.9hp Tourer with Dickey
Registration no. VY 2804 Chassis no. 356419 Engine no. 402657
Sold for £11,500 (US$ 14,466) inc. premium

Lot Details
1931 Morris Cowley 11.9hp Tourer with Dickey  Chassis no. 356419 Engine no. 402657 1931 Morris Cowley 11.9hp Tourer with Dickey  Chassis no. 356419 Engine no. 402657
1931 Morris Cowley 11.9hp Tourer with Dickey
Registration no. VY 2804
Chassis no. 356419
Engine no. 402657

Footnotes

  • One of the best known and most readily recognised vintage cars, the 'Bullnose' Morris had its roots in the Edwardian era. The first 'Oxford' examples, fitted with 8.9hp White & Poppe engines, were manufactured in 1913, embodying Morris' successful formula of offering technically unexciting but well built and well equipped cars at a bargain price.
    Closely related to the Oxford, the cheaper Cowley used the American-built Continental engine at the time of its introduction in 1915, rather than the Oxford's expensive White & Poppe unit, before switching to one made by Hotchkiss' Coventry subsidiary in 1919. A close copy of the preceding Continental, the Hotchkiss engine was made in 1,495cc, 11.9hp form initially, a larger (1,802cc) 13.9hp version becoming available in 1923. A reputation for quality and a drop in price saw the 'bullnose' Cowley established as Britain's most popular car by the early 1920s. The adoption of a flat radiator and an increase in engine capacity to 1,548cc were the biggest changes made for 1927, the mechanicals continuing much as before apart from a new semi-elliptically sprung chassis. All-steel bodies began to be phased in and four-wheel brakes became standard equipment after 1927. Testing a Cowley that year, The Autocar found it necessary to bear the price in mind: 'This is not so much because it is necessary to make allowances, but because the performance and general manners of the car would do credit to a much more costly and ambitious production.'
    Dating from the final year of 'Flatnose' production, this tourer-bodied example was extensively restored some years ago and is now nicely patinated. Noteworthy accessories include a klaxon horn, toolbox and petrol can. The car was acquired recently by the current vendor from a private collection, whose owner had cherished it for many years. Finished in black/maroon with beige interior, 'VY 2804' retains its original registration mark and is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5.
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