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MORRIS 10 4-CYLINDER "SERIES 1" MODELS

Generally referred to as the "Ten-Four", the pedantic would be correct to point out that the first seasons models (1933) were called simply the "Ten" and the range was never labeled as the first of the Series models introduced in 1935. The 1934/35 models were given the title Ten-Four because a Ten-Six model had been added to the range. This range is often incorrectly referred to as the Pre-Series model which is a label that Morris Motors obviously never used. Recent research has shown that the production records for this model and the Series II Tens are continuous and that the introduction of the Series label started with these models. Morris Motors clearly considered it to be the first so that the official numbering started with the Series II in Spring 1935.

Introduced in August 1932, the Ten was originally available as a Saloon with fixed or sliding-head, and a Special Coupe. About February or March 1933 a tourer model was added for the 1933 season. The programme for the following year (1934) included a Two-seater with dickey and a Traveller saloon. The latter was basically a saloon model with an extra door fitted to the rear of the body- this model was listed for the 1934 season only.

The 1935 season included all the other versions mentioned. 1933 models had twin bar bumpers and a vertical radiator. Later models were identified by the sloping radiator and a single bar chromium plated bumper filled in black- in the case of the 1935 model this was modified at the rear to include a centre section which was removed when the luggage grid unfolded.

 

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Ten four "Series 1"

Engine

   

Number of cylinders

4
Bore mm
63.5
Stroke mm
102
Capacity cc
1292
Valves
side
RAC hp rating
10.0
CR
BHP (graphs)
at rpm
Valve timing
inlet opens
ATDC
inlet closes
ABDC
exhaust opens
BBDC
exhaust closes
ATDC
Coolant
water
Carburation
SU

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Dimensions
   
Wheelbase
8'0"
Track
40"
Length
12'3"
Width  
Weight  
Front suspension
half elliptic
Rear suspension
half elliptic
Axle ratio
4.7
Tyre size
1933/4
1935
450 x 19
500 x 18

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Performance
0 to 50 mph secs
27.2
standing quarter secs
27.4
Fuel consumption mpg
32 
Maximum speed
61 

 

Body styles
Doors
 1933
1934
1935
Two -seater with dickey
2
Four seater tourer
4
X
X
X
Saloon fixed and sliding head
4
X
X
X
Special Coupe
2
X
X
X
Traveller's saloon
2
X

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Chassis numbers
1933
1934
1935
Chassis prefix
-
34/T
35/TN
Start
101
14281
 35186
Finish
14280
35185
49338 
Total
14179
20904
14152

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Books and articles (available on the web)

 

Other sources
The Morris Owner
Issue
page
Morris Programme for 1933
9/32
709-16
1933 Impressions of the New Morris Ten
10/32
845-7
Morris Programme for 1934
9/33
8 19-26
1934 Touring with the Ten The Morris Owner
5/34
222-5
Morris Programme for 1935
9/34
655-62
1935 Ten-Four Saloon, Road Test
26/10/34
734-5
The Autocar
Morris Programme for 1933
2/9/32
411-14
Ten Saloon, Road Test
2/9/32
415, 417
1933 Morris Ten introduced
30/8/32
94-9
Morris Programme for 1933
6/9/32
214-20
1934 Ten-Four Saloon, Road Test
10/7/34
999- 1000
Practical Motorist
1934 Ten-Four Saloon, Road Test
14/7/34
385
Car Mechanics
All Maintaining the Morris Ten
6/61
52-4, 80

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