1937 Ashley Cleave  1,250cc Brooklands Special

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Lot 495
1937 Ashley Cleave 1,250cc Brooklands Special
Registration no. CCV 952

£ 25,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 41,000
Amended
1937 Ashley Cleave 1,250cc Brooklands Special
Registration no. CCV 952
*Unique Morris-based competition special
*In-period Brooklands competitor
*Winner of some 500 awards
*Eligible for many of the most prestigious events and race series
*Part-restored condition

Footnotes

  • This unique competition special was built in 1937 by Ashley Cleave from a crashed Morris Eight saloon. Used for trials, hill climbing, and sprints, the Cleave Special was originally fitted with a supercharged sidevalve engine. W Ashley Cleave was a Director of Callington Motors Ltd in Cornwall - Morris main agents - and when the new overhead-valve 1,250cc XPAG engine became available in 1939, he fitted one of those. 'CCV 952' competed at Brooklands in 1937, and a photograph of it on the start line is reproduced in Bill Boddy's excellent article on the car published in Motor Sport (December 1973 edition, copy available). Boddy observes that in trials events, the little Morris 'proved capable of doing well against opposition from such as the blown MG Musketeer Magnettes and their successors, the Cream Cracker and Musketeer MG Midgets.'

    After WW2 the car competed in many hill climbs, sprints, and circuit races, accumulating some 500 awards, which must make it one of the most successful competition specials of all time. A special Morris Ten engine - reduced in capacity to 1,086cc for the 1,100cc class - was fitted, running on 'dope' fuel, while performance was further enhanced by new, lighter bodywork. In this form, 'CCV 952' was timed at over 90mph, which was some going for an un-blown 1,100cc car back in the late 1940s. Ashley Cleave was still competing in the car well into his 70s.

    Ashley Cleave's Morris is a designated Brooklands Competitor and recognised as such by the Brooklands Society. It is also a designated 'Shelsley Special', and is featured more than once in Simon Taylor's 'The Shelsley Walsh Story' and also in Peter Tuthill's history of the Davidstow circuit in Cornwall, where it is pictured out-accelerating a works Connaught off the start line!
    As presented today, the car has a restored chassis and suspension and is fitted with a period-correct engine and gearbox. We are advised that little work should be required to complete the restoration of this unique and historic car, which is eligible for many of the most prestigious events and race series.

Saleroom notices

  • The V5C registration document for this car will follow post sale.
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1937 Ashley Cleave  1,250cc Brooklands Special
1937 Ashley Cleave  1,250cc Brooklands Special
1937 Ashley Cleave  1,250cc Brooklands Special
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