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MORRIS OXFORD 15.9h.p. "EMPIRE OXFORD" 1927 - 1929
 

Known initially as the "Empire Oxford" or "15.9 Morris-Oxford", then the "Oxford 16/40", the car did not have the success that the motoring press had predicted when reporting the unexpected appearance of the new Morris in chassis form at the Motor Show, Olympia, 1926.
Although carrying the name Morris, it was in fact a Morris Commercial design, making use of a new 4-cylinder 15.9 hp Side-valve engine developed for the 'Z' type truck.

Aimed at overseas markets, the Empire Oxford was built on rugged lines (thanks to the overhead worm back axle) suitable for the unmade roads to be found abroad. Despite these features and a 9 ft. 6 in. wheelbase and 4 ft. 8 in. track, some early models are said to have been shipped out to Australia only to be returned later as unsaleable.

The 15.9 hp Oxford differed from other Morris cars of the period, being initially fitted with a single dry-plate clutch. This was changed within a short time to a cork insert clutch running in oil. On the Saloon model the initial design of the full width front seat was adjustable by means of straps changing to a sliding arrangement on the 1928/29 models. Open models had individual front seats.

By the 1929 season the model was known as the "16/40", the tourer cars now listed as a "four -seater" instead of "five-seater", and all models, including a short availability period for a fabric bodied saloon version, had twin blade bumpers front and rear. Throughout the production run, the 15.9 Oxford was fitted with the Barker system of dipping and a right-hand accelerator pedal.

 

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Empire Oxford 1926 - 29

Engine

   

Number of cylinders

4
Bore mm
80
Stroke mm
125
Capacity cc
2513
Valves
side
RAC hp rating
15.87
CR
BHP (graphs)
at rpm
 
Valve timing
inlet opens
ATDC
inlet closes
ABDC
exhaust opens
BBDC
exhaust closes
ATDC
Coolant
water
Carburation
SU type HV

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Dimensions
   
Wheelbase
8' 6"
Track
4' 8"
Length
Width
Weight
Front suspension
half elliptic
Rear suspension
half elliptic
Axle ratio
4.5
Gearbox ratios
Overall
Top
4.5
Third
7.65:1
Second
10.8:1
First
15.75:1
Reverse
19.025:1
Tyre size
5.25 x 31

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Performance
0 to 50 mph secs    
standing quarter secs    
Fuel consumption mpg  
 
Maximum speed  
 

 

Body styles
 
Doors 
1927
1928
1929
Tourer 4-door
4
 X
 X
X
Saloon 4-door
4
X
X
X
Saloon
X

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Chassis numbers
1927
1928
1929
Start
EO101
EO1076
 EO1566
Finish
EO1075
EO1565
EO1841 
Total
904
489
285

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Books and articles (available on the web)

 

Other sources
The Morris Owner
Issue
page
1927 model technical description - five seater
11/26
1215-8
The Autocar
1927 model Road Test
11/3/27
385/6
The Motor
1927 model technical description
19/10/26
547
1927 model Road Test
19/4/27
559-560

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