1948 Morris CVF Fire Engine  Chassis no. ECV40R69314
Lot 420
1948 Morris CVF Fire Engine
Registration no. NVX 373 Chassis no. ECV40R69314
Sold for £ 1,150 (US$ 1,476) inc. premium

Lot Details
1948 Morris CVF Fire Engine
Registration no. NVX 373
Chassis no. ECV40R69314

Footnotes

  • The nascent Morris Motors had offered a commercial derivative of its first passenger car, the Oxford, prior to WWI but it was not until the early 1920s that a serious attempt was made to grab a slice of the light van market. Then in 1923 the acquisition of the factory previously belonging to E G Wrigley Ltd, onetime component suppliers to Morris, enabled the company to expand into the heavier commercial market. Morris Commercial Cars Ltd was formed and this new division introduced its first model, the one-ton T-type, in May 1924. Like the Morris vans, the T-type relied on passenger car components, including the contemporary Oxford’s Hotchkiss-type 13.9hp four-cylinder sidevalve engine. Brakes were fitted to the rear wheels only, and the T-Type could be ordered with Morris’s own coachwork in a range of styles or in rolling chassis form for bodying by independent specialists.
    Production of Morris commercial vehicles shifted to a new factory at Adderley Park, Birmingham in 1933, a move that coincided with the introduction of the C-type range. Using a high percentage of common parts, the C-types were available in capacity ratings from 30 cwt up to 5 tons and a wide variety of body configurations, including forward control designs, and this successful formula was continued when the successor CV range was introduced in 1937.
    Dating from 1948, this forward control CVF-type fire engine was first registered to Essex Area Health Authority and was in service at a Braintree hospital until 1980. ‘NVX 373’ is depicted on page 75 of Harry Edwards’ book, Morris Commercial Vehicles (published 1992) and was described at that time as ‘in the hands of a Morris enthusiast’. The vehicle has been kept in barn storage and not run for 20 years according to the vendor, though it is described as complete and the engine turns over freely. Complete with Coventry Climax water pump, it is sold strictly as viewed and without reserve. There are no documents with this Lot.
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