Morris Cowley 1500
1956-1959, 4623 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
In an attempt to improve sales performance Morris announced a larger engined Cowley in 1956, the Cowley 1500. The Cowley 1500 was yet another disastrous BMC attempt at producing a budget family saloon despite the improved 55bhp engine. The Cowley 1500 came with the usual 4 speed manual gearbox although a semi-automatic transmission was also available as an option.
The Cowley 1500 could be distinguished by its restyled Oxford type bonnet redesigned rear wings which incorporated daring, vestigial fins to add a touch of glamour. Despite the improved running gear and more adventurous styling, the Cowley was a showroom flop, only 4,600 examples were built before production quietly ended in 1959.
|1489cc||S4 OHV||BMC B-Series||73.025mm x 89mm||8.3|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|74 mph||26 mpg|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|108||Morris Cowley Pick-Up||Barons||23 Mar 2010||Not sold|
Buying Power - Morris Oxford/Cowley
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 10 May 2007|
|Buying Power - Morris Oxford/Cowley - Holding the middle ground for Morris during the Fifties was the Oxford and Cowley range, the first mainstream use of the B-series engine. RICHARD GUNN looks at what might go wrong with that unit...as well as the rest of the car. Expert help comes from Kevin Eyre and Phil Green of Earlpart.|