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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