1926 Morris Cowley Bullnose

Highlights


  • Fully restored
  • Excellent condition throughout
  • Engine rebuilt 133 miles ago 

The Appeal


The Morris Cowley is one of our favourite looking cars from this era and looks particularly fetching with the two seater sports body finished in Damson Red. Completely restored by the current owner including a whole new custom made steel body on an Ash frame it presents excellently, having been kept garaged and used only for the occasional show.

Tastefully finished for maximum appeal the owner has fitted several additional extras that may not be functional but really make this car stand out, including an exterior hand brake, long range fuel tank at the rear, Shell fuel cans and two side mounted spare wheels. It looks fantastic from every angle making for an exceptionally fine example of this car.

The History and Paperwork


  • V5 Present and correct
  • Original owners manual
  • A selection of pictures taken during the restoration
  • MOT and tax exempt
  • An invoice for new tyres and shot blasting for five wheels
  • An invoice dated 2016 for refacing two brake drums
  • An invoice dated 2015 for refacing the flywheel

The Interior


  • Excellent condition throughout
  • Fully re-trimmed in red to match the exterior
  • Brushed aluminium dashboard
  • False handbrake on the exterior added for aesthetics 

The interior of this Morris presents very well thanks to the extensive restoration by the current owner which includes re-trimmed seats, new dashboard, new floor rubbers and new paint inside the body. Climbing up behind the wheel of this Morris and looking down the bonnet towards the temperature gauge reminds you of just how much of a different experience driving used to be.

The Aluminium dashboard looks great coupled with the cream and black dials which have some light patination visible. The seats have been re-covered in red leatherette and both look good and are very comfortable, they both fold forward to give access to the rear storage area which has been painted white with some matching red leatherette trim to finish.

The Exterior


  • Excellent condition overall
  • Finished in Damson Red
  • All six wheels are in very good condition
  • Period correct Shell fuel cans on the sides
  • Custom made steel two seater sports body over an Ash frame
  • Rear long range/touring fuel tank fitted for aesthetics

As with the interior the exterior of this Morris presents excellently. The hand made steel and Ash two seater sports body finished in maroon looks simply fantastic and all of the paint is in excellent condition. All six of the wheels present very well and the owner has finished off the car with period-correct Shell fuel cans mounted to the side and the whole combination makes for a car that’s perfect for shows. 

The owner informs us all six of the wheels have been shot blasted and zinc coated prior to painting. All of the badges, light lenses, brightwork, trim and body present very well and are of a condition more befitting a new car, not one that’s almost 100 years old!

The Mechanics


  • Starts easily
  • Idles well
  • Engine bay is clean and tidy
  • Underside is in very good condition
  • The owner informs us that he carried out extensive mechanical work during the restoration

As with every other aspect of this car it presents very well mechanically. Given the design it’s easy to see the condition of many of the components all of which appear to be excellent, from the distinctive elliptical leaf springs to the hubs it looks fantastic. 

It starts very easily and idles well with the distinctive sound of a mechanically timed engine. The owner informs us that it drives perfectly and that he carried out a full strip down and rebuild of the engine as part of the restoration along with an overhaul of the radiator, full overhaul of all of the leaf springs and a magneto and dynastart overhaul although unfortunately there are no invoices for this work.

Summary


This Morris Bullnose Cowley presents excellently inside and out. Thanks to a comprehensive restoration by the current owner it’s looks are matched by excellent mechanical performance and coupled with some period correct additions, such as the secondary fuel tank (not connected), Shell fuel cans and the two spare wheels on the sides it makes for an exceptional example of this British classic. 

Ready to show or ideal for simply enjoying the great British summer, it’s a gorgeous classic that is ready for a new home.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1926
  • Make Morris
  • Model Cowley
  • Colour Damson Red
  • Odometer 133 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
  • Town Wimborne Minster
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Dorset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 6 bidders
  • patrick•••• £11,000 07/08/22
  • Bdf693 £10,500 07/08/22
  • patrick•••• £8,000 06/08/22
  • Bdf693 £7,500 06/08/22
  • Richard•••• £7,000 06/08/22
  • nigelle•••• £6,500 04/08/22
  • rob-joh•••• £6,000 31/07/22
  • thallwi•••• £5,000 31/07/22

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