Sunday, 12 October 2014


The Morris Cowley and its de-luxe brother the Oxford were so successful in the mid-1920s that William Morris was obliged to institute three shift working and acquire the Hotchkiss factory in Coventry in order to satisfy demand. The basic design of the Cowley dates to the period before the Great War, but there was always a continuous process of development, notably the introduction of balloon tyres, improved engines, electric lighting and starting and finally optional front wheel brakes in 1926. The engine is the 1548cc four-cylinder side-valve Morris unit, with three main bearings and Lucas magneto ignition, coupled via a wet plate clutch to a three speed gearbox.
The example we offer here was first registered in Somerset on 7th of August 1928.Furthermore, according to the last owner and the 1942 Buff log book, the car appears to have had just 4 owners from new, changing hands just 3 times since 1965.

The car has obviously been subject to an earlier restoration. Recently fitted with new carpets. The Morris rides on period artillery wheels.
Finished in cream the Cowley would make an ideal wedding car.

We are more than happy to entertain a part exchange with if needs be for a more valuable car ie. cash either way.

Please call me on 01676 533949 for an appointment to view.
 Bill Postins Motor Trade career spans 49 years, commencing in the late 50s training with the Kenning Motor Group. A major player at the time in the British Motor Corporation's dealer network. Bill Postins actually sold the very first MGB in Warwickshire.
Morris Cowley (Flatnose) (1926–1931) - 201,692 made
Body style 2 and 4 seat tourer, coupé, 4-door saloon, folding head saloon (1930).
Engine 1548 cc side-valve Straight-4
Wheelbase 102 inches, Length 150 inches, Width 58.5 inches
The Bullnose radiator was replaced by a flat version in 1926 in a new version of the car with all steel bodies becoming available. The engines remained the same, but the Cowley unlike the Oxford, retained braking on the rear wheels only as standard, although a front brake system was available at extra cost (featured car has this fitted). The chassis was new and the suspension was updated with semi elliptic leaf springs all round plus Smiths friction type scissor shock absorbers. The brakes are rod and spring operated with cams inside the drums to actuate. Interesting to note that the rear brake drums include two sets of shoes, one of which is connected directly to the handbrake.
The chassis was further modified in 1931 to bring it in line with the Morris Major. Wire wheels became an option instead of the solid spoked artillery ones previously fitted.


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