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MORRIS EIGHT SERIES I/II
 

Introduced September 1934 and known by its model year (1935), it continued unchanged as the Series I following the marketing decision to move away from the cosmetic yearly changes to a policy of major upgrades. The changeover occurred at the beginning of June 1935 but the only difference was the change in the chassis numbers from the 35/E prefix to S1/E. There had been minor changes since its introduction and these continued until the major changes in the Series II version.

The early Series I models had fabric-disc universal joints and a badge design incorporating the letters"EIGHT". Later models had the Arabic figure "8". Solid steering wheel gave way to a flexible rubber covered item during the Series I production.

Announced in August 1937 the Series II had major cosmetic changes came with the introduction of "Easiclean" type disc wheels replacing the spoked Magna wheels. The characteristic chromium plated radiator shell was replaced with a painted shell finished to match the body colour. The Series finished August 1938 with the announcement of the Series E.

Throughout production the Morris Eight was available as a saloon with two or four doors, in fixed or sliding head versions. Open models were the Two-seater and Four-Seater Tourer. Open models and all fixed head saloon models were upholstered in "Karhyde" leathercloth. Sliding-head version of the saloon in real leather.

The van version "Morris Eight 5 cwt" continued to be produced up to December 1939 although designated Series I.

 

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Eight

Engine

   

Number of cylinders

4
Bore mm
57
Stroke mm
90
Capacity cc
918.6
Valves
side
RAC hp rating
8.06
CR
5.8
BHP (graphs)
23.5
at rpm
3900
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' 6"
Track
3' 9"
Length
11' 9" 
Width
4' 6 1/2"
Weight
14cwt 3qtr 
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
26
standing quarter secs
Fuel consumption mpg
45
Maximum speed
58

 

Body styles
 
Doors
Series I
Series II
Saloon fixed head
2
X
X
Saloon sliding head
2
X
X
Saloon fixed head
4
X
X
Saloon sliding head
4
X
X
Two-seater
2
X
X
Four-seater tourer
2
X
X

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Chassis numbers
1935 model (pre-series)
Series I
Series II
Chassis prefix
35/E
S1/E
S2/E
Start
901
48613
165001
Finish
48612
165000
219000
Total
47711
116387
53999

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Books and articles (available on the web)

 

Other sources
The Morris Owner
Issue
page
Eight New style
10/34
759-760
Morris Programme for 1935
9/34
655-662
Series I - Morris Programme for 1936
9/35
655-8
The Light Car and Cyclecar
Series I - Morris Eight saloon
15/11/35
Series I - Morris Eight saloon Road Test
16/10/36
634-5
Series I - Morris eight under the microscope
25/6/37
162-4
Series II - Morris Eight saloon
19/11/37
Series II - Morris Eight saloon
27/8/37
The Autocar
Morris Eight New Model report
31/8/34
358-360
Series I - Morris Eight saloon Road Test
1/1/37
12-13
Series II - Morris Eight Tourer Road Test
18/2/38
288-9
Practical Motorist
Morris Eight saloon Road Test
5/1/35
250-2
Morris Eight Data Sheet 23
9/56
231
Series I - Morris Eight Data Sheet
29/1/38
432
Series II - Morris Eight saloon Road Test
25/9/37
833-4
All - Overhauling the Morris Eight
8/56
132-4
 
9/56
215-6
 
10/56
301-2
Car Mechanics
All - Overhauling the Morris Eight
9/59
45-7
10/59
65-7
 
12/59
55-6

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