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The new "Eight" to replace the popular Series I and II models was announced in October 1938.

The same basic engine type was retained with the modifications, which included a new head design, counterbalanced crankshaft, and the use of shell bearings. Externally the Series "E" was entirely different from its progenitor having such advanced features as(for 1938) as the headlamps set into the front wings, a rear-hinged bonnet lid, and dissimilar front/rear track dimensions.

From introduction at the Motor Show. until an unscheduled discontinuance of production brought about by the Second World War, the Series "E" Eight was offered in both open tourer and saloon form. The open models - albeit identical bodies- were sold as Two-Seaters or Four-Seater Tourers. The former having a tonneau cover over the rear section and slight modification to trimming.

The open models were not introduced after the war. Initially the two-door Saloon model finished in black became available, followed some months later by the four-door version which continued in production as a sliding-head option until late 1947.

The two-door and the fixed-head four-door saloon continued in a more colourful form until the introduction of the Issigonis designed Morris Minor in 1948.

 

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Eight Series E

Engine

   

Number of cylinders

4
Bore mm
57
Stroke mm
90
Capacity cc
918.6
Valves
side
RAC hp rating
8.06
CR
6.5
BHP (graphs)
29.6
at rpm
4400
Valve timing
inlet opens
ATDC
inlet closes
ABDC
exhaust opens
BBDC
exhaust closes
ATDC
Coolant
water
Carburation
SU

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Dimensions
 
Wheelbase
7'5"
Track
310
Length
12'0"
Width
4'9"
Weight
15
Front suspension
half elliptic
Rear suspension
half elliptic
Axle ratio
5.375
Tyre size
450 x 17

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Performance
0 to 50 mph secs
32
standing quarter secs
Fuel consumption mpg
37.4 
Maximum speed
58 

 

Body styles
 
Doors
1939
1945-7
1948 on
Two seater tourer
2
 X
 
Four seater tourer
2
X
Saloon fixed head
2
X
X
X
Saloon sliding head
2
X
X
X
Saloon fixed head
4
X
X
X
Saloon sliding head
4
X
X

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Chassis numbers
Chassis prefix
1939
1945-9
Start
SE/E
542
 54677
Finish
SE/E
54675
 122191
Total
 
53133
67514

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Books and articles (available on the web)
Other sources
The Morris Owner
Issue
page
Series E The larger Eight
11/38
862a, 862b, 895
Practical Motorist (& Motor Cyclist)
Introducing the new Eight
22/10/38
926-7
Series E Eight Saloon, Road Test
11/2/39
492-3
Series E Getting the best from your Morris Eight
6/5/39
13-14
Series E Servicing Series E Eight
8/56
32-4
Series E Eight. Data Sheet No 43
5/58
936
The Autocar
Series E Morris develop new Eight
14/10/38
708b, 708c
Series E Eight Tourer, Road Test
6/10/39
523-4
Series E Post-War Eight The Autocar
21/9/45
673-4
 
Series E Used Cars on the Road
14/3/52
341
Series E Used Cars on the Road
5/9/52
104
Motor Commerce
Series E Eight wiring diagram
4/41
35
Series E Eight Saloon, Road Test
3/47
80, 82
The Motor Trader
Series E Eight service Data Sheet 85
28/2/40
i-viii
The Light Car
Sereis E Eight Saloon, Road Test
16/12/38
46-8
Series E Eight Saloon, description
14/8/38
Car Mechanics
Series E Servicing Eight steering
4/58
51-2
Series E Servicing Eight engine
7/58
51-4
Series E Servicing interior trim
9/59
42-4
Series E Servicing Series E Eight Car Mechanics
9/59
45-7
Series E Servicing Series E Eight
9/61
72-3, 82

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