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Lot 688: 1934 Morris Eight Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

Morris’s replacement for the Minor was first shown to the public at the 1934 Motor Show. Intended to compete with successful rivals such as the Ford Model Y, the Eight boasted a new and more powerful 918cc sidevalve engine, stiffer box-section chassis, Bishop Cam steering, hydraulic brakes - a rarity on cars of its class - hydraulic shock absorbers, electric fuel pump and wire wheels. Now constructed entirely of pressed steel, the body was larger than that of its predecessor and could be had in saloon or tourer forms, the latter either two-seater or four-seater. The model was superseded by the Series E in 1938.
A 1935 model manufactured late in 1934, this Morris Eight has been in the vendor’s possession for the past 20-or-so years. At time of acquisition the body had already been restored, and the current owner has since completed the car’s mechanical and electrical refurbishment. Recent work has included overhaul of the ignition system and fuel pump (invoices available) and the vehicle is described as in very good condition generally. The vehicle is finished in black/blue with dark blue leather interior, the seats and headlining being original and the carpets new. It is offered with old-style logbook, MoT to June 2008 and Swansea V5 registration document.


Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
TypeCar
Lot Number688
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1934
Condition rating
Registration numberFD 9089
Mileage-
Chassis number35E7047
Engine number70404
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors