1928 Morris Six Four Seat
Comprehensively restored; new bodywork styled on an MG 18/80; lusty 2.5-litre -six; photos of rebuild
Purchased by the vendor as a project in around 2011, he had harboured a desire to own an 18/80 MG for many years and this seemed like a good way of owning one in all but name...
The Morris Six was not the first six-cylinder Morris, but it was the first commercially successful one, its ohc engine being designed by Frank Woollard and Arthur George at Morris' engine branch. Woollard was persuaded to develop the six-cylinder unit by Cecil Kimber who was Morris Garages General Manager at the time. It is no wonder that he was to use it in his low-slung chassis in the first 18/80 MG.
Anyway, for those who can't quite run to an 18/80, a Morris Six rolling chassis is surely the next best thing, which is what attracted the vendor who set about its restoration and subsequent re-body in the MG style. The result works very well, the fit and finish and standard of construction being extremely high.
The running gear has all been fully restored and the new coachwork constructed in ash and aluminium which has been fabric covered. The upholstery is in leather, the only job left to complete being the hood, although the complex job of the frame has been sorted so it simply requires trimming.
In 2015, when the project was nearing completion, the vendor managed to contact a member of the family who had previously owned the car. They managed to turn up the original logbook - or copy thereof, which was sufficient to reunite the car with its original number TY 4950.
Notes on file show great attention to detail, ensuring faithful body lines, louvres and proportions to its MG relation. The vendor purchased a tall diff ratio which he never got round to fitting which is available by seperate negotiation should its new owner wish to get even more useful performance from its torquey 2,468cc engine.
In very nicely restored condition, this Morris Six aka 18/80 style four-seater tourer offers flexible performance and VSCC eligibility for all the family.
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