1926 Morris Cowley
Lot 372
1926 Morris Cowley Tourer Chassis no. 156510 Engine no. 178882
Sold for £10,925 (US$ 18,276) inc. premium
Lot Details
1926 Morris Cowley Tourer
Registration no. ST 4257
Chassis no. 156510
Engine no. 178882


  • 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.
    Accompanying correspondence (dated June 1996) from The Bullnose Morris Club reveals that this 1927-model Cowley is the tenth 'flat nose' model off the production line and the oldest of the approximately 140 survivors known to the Club at that time. Its 'transitional' design of radiator is of particular interest. In single family ownership from new, the Cowley was exported to Kenya in the early 1950s by its engineer owner, who made several useful modifications including strengthening the chassis to cope with the poor-quality African roads. The car was used in Kenya until 1992 when it returned to the UK where a full restoration commenced. Completed in 1996, it has been used regularly since restoration and retains its original Inverness registration mark, retrieved with the assistance of Bonhams consultant and motoring historian, Michael Worthington-Williams (see letter on file). The current owner purchased the car at Bonhams' sale at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in September 2007 (Lot 726) since when it has been serviced but used very little. This historic Cowley tourer is offered with restoration invoices and Swansea V5.
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