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Lot 380: Morris 10/4 Tourer

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Introduced in the latter half of 1932, the Morris Ten stole a march on many of its rivals by virtue of its superior Lockheed hydraulic brakes, most small family cars of the period continuing to rely on mechanical systems. The 1,292cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine drove via a three-speed gearbox (with synchromesh from 1934 and four speeds optional) and in most other respects the Ten was entirely conventional. It was also extremely successful, helping Morris establish a commanding presence in the increasingly important 10hp market sector. The Autocar reckoned the Ten provided a generous amount of accommodation for this class of car (it was identical to the Twelve in all respects save for the latter's larger engine) with ample legroom in the rear compartment. Testing both models side by side in February 1937, Autocar found that there was little to separate them in terms of straight-line performance, the Ten reaching a maximum speed of 65-66mph with the Twelve only a couple of miles per hour faster, though possessing superior acceleration. In terms of economy though, the Ten easily bested its larger sibling, returning 32 miles per gallon to the Twelve's 28. We are advised that this Morris Ten Tourer was restored in 1992, some 10,000 being spent, and benefits from more recent replacement of the cylinder head gasket and work to the steering. Described as in generally good condition, with 'average' electrics and 'poor' interior, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number380
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9200
Condition rating2
Registration numberBKL 503
Chassis numberS21E173667
Engine number168864
Engine capacity (cc)
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