c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829

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Lot 614
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey

Sold for £ 16,100 (US$ 20,823) inc. premium
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 92829
*Early MG-modified Morris
*Restored in New Zealand in the 1960s/1970s
*Brought back to the UK in 1982
*Same family ownership for the last 35 years

Footnotes

  • General Manager of Oxford-based Morris Garages, Cecil Kimber brought sports car motoring within the financial reach of the man in the street with a succession of affordable MGs. These were, naturally enough, based on existing Morris models, arguably the most famous and certainly the most influential being the Midget, which first appeared at the 1928 London Motor Show. Before then, Kimber had been turning out modified 'bullnosed' Morris Cowleys fitted with his own more sporting bodies, the first of which was sold in 1922. He followed that with a series of sporting two-seaters on the Morris 14/40hp chassis, which was fitted with bodies by the Oxford based coachbuilder, Raworth. These cars still carried the Morris badge, but for the first time also sported the stylised octagonal 'MG' lettering on the radiator grille. The first MG constructed specifically for sporting purposes - 'Old No.1' - was built on a 'bullnosed' chassis in 1925.

    This early MG-modified Morris Cowley was built in or around 1925 and exported to New Zealand shortly thereafter. It suffered a very hard life 'down under' until finally being purchased by in Auckland as a collection of parts. The history file documents the wide-ranging search for parts, from UK specialists, to be used in the rebuild. There are many early-1960s invoices from Tonks, Terry & Barry Bone, Janes, etc. The rebuild was finally finished in 1980 and the car was advertised for sale in New Zealand's Veteran and Vintage motoring magazine, 'Beaded Wheels', incorrectly described as a '14/28'.

    It was then purchased by a collector and shipped back to the UK in March 1982 (see shipping documents onfile). At that time it was put into storage and has not been registered for road use since its return to the UK, nor has it been driven in the UK since its total rebuild in New Zealand. The car has been in the same family ownership since its return to the UK 35 years ago. Re-commissioning will be required before it returns to the road.

Saleroom notices

  • We have been informed that the Chassis may have been changed and therefore this Lot is sold strictly as viewed.
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c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
c.1925 Morris/MG 11.9hp Super Sports Two-seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 92829
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