Mor­ris Cowley Ute

New Zealand Classic Car - - BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR -

This Mor­ris Ox­ford Cowley ute is un­der­go­ing a full restora­tion at Marl­bor­ough Clas­sic and Cus­tom Restora­tion Ltd. The ute was orig­i­nally pur­chased new in 1954 by the cus­tomer’s fa­ther (now 87 years old), and he clearly re­calls trips to Christchurch from their farm in Oa­maru in the ute, as well as learn­ing to drive in it, along with his two broth­ers. They also use the trusty Mor­ris for rab­bit shoot­ing, and spent many mem­o­rable hours search­ing the pad­docks for game in it.

The Ox­ford is be­ing re­stored to orig­i­nal con­di­tion, apart from an up­dated J15 Dat­sun four-cylin­der mo­tor and a mod­ern colour scheme.

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