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1938 Morris Eight Series II Four Door Sliding Head Saloon
Bob Bryan bought this car from its first owner in 1966 and since then has sympathetically restored it to original condition using all its major original components. It is an excellent unspoilt example of a practical car used regularly throughout the year.
Pytchley sliding roof; rear luggage grid; leather upholstery.
Engine number: 193751.
Chassis number: S2/E 193530.
918 cc. 23.5 bhp.
Cost when new: £149 0s 0d plus £1 1s 4d delivery plus £1 0s 0d aluminium number plates.
The car was supplied new to Miss A.M.Gumbley on 25/3/38 by Smith's Garage of Bournville Birmingham. The premises still exists at the junction of Linden Road and Maryvale Road, being part of a listed building now refurbished.
I have the original invoice, and the sales brochure from the garage. The enamelled dashboard badge from the garage is in its original position.
The curved 'badge' bar on the front of the car has been in place all of its life and is thought to be a contemporary accessory mainly intended to protect the radiator grille and to stabilise the headlamps.
The shock absorbers were uprated to Armstrong 'DAS 8' specification in the early 1950's, and a nearside stop/tail lamp added. The headlamps were converted from dip and cut to double dipping in 1968.
I purchased the car from the original owner for £25 in October 1966 at a mileage of 68500, adding a further 15000 miles over the following two years.
After several years off the road, in the early 1990s, I started a full restoration aiming to retain as much originality as possible. The car has been carefully dismantled and reassembled onto a fully restored zinc coated and enamelled chassis. Front wings are new 'old stock' genuine Morris, running boards and rear wings are new. All other body parts are original .
All major mechanical and electrical components are the original ones supplied with the car, and of these only the engine and gearbox have been rebuilt and the crown wheel and pinion renewed. The engine has been adapted to run on unleaded fuel. A new wiring loom and hydraulic brake parts have been fitted.
DOX, as the car is called, is used regularly rain or shine to the tune of about 3000 miles each year, and until recently resided within a stones throw of Bournville. DOX now lives near Malvern Worcestershire.
Relatives of the late original owner still live in Bournville and have been out in the car re-living many old memories. They have also been able to produce a number of photographs of holidays and excursions in the car, and have located a luggage trunk used on long journeys to Cornwall, Devon and Wales.
Bob Bryan. October 2005. Tel:- 01684 593046 E-mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile:- 07860 387036