Single family ownership from new,1930 Morris Isis 17.7hp Saloon  Chassis no. IS3019 Engine no. JB1322

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Lot 343
Single family ownership from new,1930 Morris Isis 17.7hp Saloon
Registration no. WF 3688 Chassis no. IS3019 Engine no. JB1322

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 7,962) inc. premium
Single family ownership from new
1930 Morris Isis 17.7hp Saloon
Registration no. WF 3688
Chassis no. IS3019
Engine no. JB1322

Footnotes

  • Morris sixes were around in small numbers in the early 1920s but the company's first serious effort did not materialise until 1927, with the appearance at the Olympia Motor Show of the Light Six. Based on that of the Wolseley 16/45, the latter's JA-type engine was a 2,468cc overhead-camshaft unit with an RAC rating of 17.7hp. The first production examples shared the Oxford's 48" track dimension but this was widened to 56" early in 1928, when the model name was changed to 'Morris Six'. The latter designation disappeared in July 1929 with the arrival of the Isis, which retained the 17.7hp OHC engine but otherwise was almost entirely different, featuring a new chassis, all-steel Budd body (hence the American appearance) and Lockheed hydraulic brakes. Other innovations included radiator shutters, Triplex safety glass and chromium plated brightwork, while three body styles were available: saloon, four-seater tourer and club coupé. Fast and well-appointed - if rather expensive - the original Isis did not last long, its place in the Morris line-up being taken in 1931 by a more traditionally styled and constructed version. By the time production ceased, a total of 3,929 cars had been built.
    A 1931 model first registered on 17th October 1930, this 'barn find' Isis has been laid up since 1956. It is said to have been running correctly at that time with the exception of slight fuel starvation attributed to a malfunctioning carburettor. The vendor believes that the car had covered relatively few miles but unfortunately the speedometer is missing.
    The car's purchase is recorded in the vendor's grandfather's diary entry dated 14th October 1930 (photocopy available): 'To Leeds with RHB to inspect M. cars at Appleyard's Ltd, North Street. Bought a Morris "Isis" saloon 1931 Model and they took our Delaunay in part payment. The Morris "Isis" was sent over to Burtonfields this aftn.' (Burtonfields Hall is the family home and the 'RHB' referred to is the vendor's father).
    At Burtonfields Hall the Morris took up residence in the coach house, which would become its permanent home from 1956. The vendor's grandfather died in 1938 and the accompanying continuation logbook (issued 1939) records his son, the vendor's father, as first owner. It is said that the latter found the Morris ideally suited for the wearing of a top hat, making it a perfect choice for the opera-loving motoring enthusiast.
    'WF 3688' is completely original and in very sound, virtually corrosion-free condition. The interior displays some signs of ageing but with careful application of hide food could be reconditioned, which would be a more sympathetic option than replacement. Also included in the sale are the original cigarette lighter and vanity unit, while the vehicle also possesses a Swansea V5.
Single family ownership from new,1930 Morris Isis 17.7hp Saloon  Chassis no. IS3019 Engine no. JB1322
Single family ownership from new,1930 Morris Isis 17.7hp Saloon  Chassis no. IS3019 Engine no. JB1322
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