2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
Lot
89

c1912 Morris 'Speedster Replica'

$10,000 - $15,000

Sydney

No Reserve

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Specifications

Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 1018cc
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. 7511
Chassis No. Unsighted
Body Work Single-Seater
Colour Blue
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Spoke
Brakes Drums

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Description

Announced in 1912, the first car made by William Morris was badged the Oxford after his home city and quickly became known as the ‘Bullnose’ due to the distinctive radiator shell.  Using a large number of proprietary components, including the 1018cc engine with a fixed cylinder head from White & Poppe, the Oxford was initially available only as a two-seater but from 1913 onwards a longer wheelbase Deluxe model became available.  Morris subsequently offered the new Cowley alongside the smaller Oxford from April 1915; sharing the same distinctive ‘Bullnose’ radiator shell, the Cowley was built on a wider, longer wheelbase frame and used a more powerful 1495cc side-valve four-cylinder engine supplied by the Continental Motor Manufacturing Co. of Detroit.  Oxford production resumed in 1919 following the First World War, using a larger 1548cc engine and continued until 1926.  The Oxford and its sister Cowley models were also exported to Australia in large numbers and many were bodied by local coachbuilders; they remain an affordable and popular entry into the vintage car scene, with a thriving club scene and plenty of support from specialists here and abroad.  One of the most distinctive cars of the Edwardian and Vintage eras, the 8.9 horsepower ‘Bullnose’ Morris enjoys a loyal following amongst car enthusiasts worldwide and early examples like the vehicle on offer here rarely come up for sale.  

History

- Lovely home-built ‘Bullnose’ Morris single-seater
- Engine, gearbox and differential all overhauled
- Offered at No Reserve


Offered from the collection of a long-standing car enthusiast living in the Southern Highlands region of NSW, the chassis and running gear of this Morris Oxford were purchased by his father from an owner living in a terrace in Sydney’s Inner West many years ago.  A long-term restoration project, the engine, gearbox, diff and magneto were all overhauled by engineer Bill Smith of Vintage Auto Services while the owner’s father did the chassis and brakes.  Our vendor took over the restoration, sourcing the radiator and carburettor from England and ultimately fitted the current replica Speedster body in time for the Morris Centenary event held in Canberra almost ten years ago.  A commercial pilot, the owner used his aviation experience in the construction of a replica body modelled on the catalogued Sporting Model, a single-seater of light construction built on the 10hp De Luxe chassis and priced at 220 Pounds.  Unfortunately we have not been able to verify the engine or chassis numbers to confirm the details with the Morris Register in the UK.  The engine has not been started and the car is being sold in non-running condition, unregistered and with No Reserve.  

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