Rare model only made for 18 months; one of only around 50 known to
survive; good running order
Launched in 1938, the Morris 12/4 Series III was a big improvement on the Series II largely due to its 41bhp 1,548cc engine which was now overhead-valve rather than side-valve and had a cross-flow cylinder head (the same engine was also used in the MG VA and the Wolseley 12/48). The 4-speed gearbox also gained better synchromesh and electrics were uprated to 12v. Contemporary road tests singled out the hydraulic brakes and the light, direct steering for particular praise, recording a top speed of 70mph.
Due to the outbreak of war in 1939, the Series III was only made in very limited numbers and according to the Series III Register, only 53 are known to survive today.
As the Heritage Certificate confirms, this Morris 12/4 was built in March 1938. Nothing is known of the car’s early history but from 1992 – 2020 it was owned by a Morris Owner’s Club member who sympathetically restored the car including retrimming the interior and the sliding sunroof and replacing the boot floor and the rear springs.
Our vendor acquired the car in 2020 and reports that it runs and drives well, cruising happily at 50mph with another 15mph on tap if you are in a hurry! It has certainly been starting promptly and running very sweetly indeed as we have moved it around on site, with good 60psi oil pressure.
As you can see in the photos, the car looks very presentable although the headlining has a few holes above the rear seats and the paint finish, while acceptable, is not as glossy as it could be.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
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