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Lot: 390
1927 MORRIS Flatnose Oxford Drophead Doctors Coupe

Registration No. OT 5140
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Estimate: £8,000-£10,000

The 'Flatnose' range of Morris Cowley and Oxford cars were introduced for the 1927 season, and were a fairly radical update on the charismatic and very attractive but more than a little antiquated 'Bullnose' cars which had been produced since the start of Morris production. The main improvement was to the chassis, which was extensively redesigned with an up swept rear end to accommodate underslung semi-elliptic springs. This coupled with balloon tyres and four-wheeled brakes carried over from the last 'Bullnose' cars, gave the new models greatly enhanced road holding and ride comfort. The 'Hotchkiss' derived sidevalve engine of 11.9 hp (1550 cc), and the three speed gearbox were also carried over from the previous models.

The new cars appeared instantly more modern and they were larger and more practical than the older types. They sold extremely well, as would be expected; Morris's were always regarded at the time as far less 'Auntie' than an Austin. A 'Simplified' no frills Cowley was also available at a lower price, with rear wheel brakes only, and lacking shock absorbers, but the price reduction was small.

This particular example is in very sound mechanical order, and runs and drives very sweetly. The body is finished in a superb dark green, and has mellowed beautifully, the hood, headlining and wood work are all in excellent order, and the hood folds down as it should. With period features such as the Barker Dipping system, and sensible upgrades such as a coil conversion, makes this a very usable vintage car,that can keep up with modern day traffic and can be used in all weathers. It has the advantage of a dickie seat.

OT 5140 comes to the sale with a current V5C and a small history file.


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