1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer  Chassis no. 33558

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Lot 364N
1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 33558

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 17,310) inc. premium
1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 33558

Footnotes

  • Closely related to the existing 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.

    This particular 'Bullnose' Cowley was restored by a Danish enthusiast in 2010, and since 2011 has been owned by the current vendor, the President of the Royal Veteran Car Club of Belgium. A past participant in the Champagne Rallye (2013) and Flanders Rallye (2015), the Cowley is said to run very nicely and is only sold to make way for a two-seater. Offered with Belgian registration papers.

Saleroom notices

  • Since the time of cataloguing, The Bullnose Morris Club Ltd have supplied us with the following information- This car was restored by Arthur Bowley during the 1960s using the chassisframe of Vehicle number 37229 and the engine and others parts together with the Registration Mark from Vehicle Number 33558. Because it has a replacement chassis frame, the Club lists the vehicle as R33558, i.e using the letter R to denote the situation. This is a standard BNMC process, and known to the DVLA. The Bullnose Morris Club Ltd lists the vehicle as being manufactured in 1923, although a 1924 model. (Model seasons started in September annually to coincide with the Motor Show). Vehicle Number 37229 would have left the factory in 1924.
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1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer  Chassis no. 33558
1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer  Chassis no. 33558
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