1939-48 MORRIS 8 SE­RIES E

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 7 Of The Best Pre-war Classics - Nick larkin

A com­plete charmer, with its art-deco-style, slop­ing front end and Bake­lite-laden in­te­rior. In my opin­ion, a Se­ries E is to­day’s most prac­ti­cal buy if you’re look­ing for a small car from this era. More than 120,000 were built – two- and four-door sa­loons, plus a tourer and the closely re­lated Morris Z com­mer­cial. The 8 can boast good­ies such as a four-speed gear­box and hy­draulic brakes, while you get to sit on leather seats and gaze at de­light­ful pe­riod brown and cream in­stru­ments. The 918cc side-valve engine is a solid lump that would go vir­tu­ally un­al­tered into the Morris Mi­nor. Though no road burner, it would (still will…) pick off Austin Sevens like a thing pos­sessed.


RUST Check the chas­sis (par­tic­u­larly at the rear), door bot­toms, un­der the ra­di­a­tor and boot floor, and around the wing seams. ELECTRICS Make sure mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been car­ried out prop­erly. Many cars have been con­verted from six to 12 volts, and the slop­ing head­lights changed to up­right units. ME­CHAN­I­CALS En­gines slog on, bless ’em – but make the nor­mal wear checks. Steer­ing boxes wear, though there’s some room for ad­just­ment. And on the test-drive, check the car doesn’t jump of gear.

MORRIS 8 ENGINE 918cc/4-cyl/SV POWER 29.5bhp@4400rpm TORQUE Un­known MAX­I­MUM SPEED 64mph 0-50mPh 32sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 30-34mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man

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