1935 Morris 8 Open Tourer Pre-Series


  • Very early example of pre-war Morris 8
  • Desirable open tourer bodywork
  • Dry stored in heated garage since 2015
  • Light recommissioning required but nothing major

The Appeal

With the American-inspired Ford Model Y bringing new levels of motoring to the UK’s masses in the 1930s, British manufacturer Morris was quick to follow suit. 

Previously, the Ford Model T and Austin 7 were Great Britain’s “people’s cars”, but the Model Y moved things in a much more upmarket direction while still being affordable. The Morris 8 was more of the same. It appeared in 1935 and was initially coach-built at the Morris Motor Works in Cowley, Oxfordshire, before its unprecedented popularity led to series production starting later that year. 

This one, then, is a proper rarity. A very early 8 from the first year of manufacture, it’s one of only a handful of known surviving pre-Series cars, built before the model was assembled on a production line. That makes it arguably the most collectable Morris 8, especially in delicately styled open-tourer format.

It was restored early in the 21st century to a superb standard but has spent the past seven years in storage, so requires some recommissioning to return it to a roadworthy state.

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The History and Paperwork

  • Owned since 2015
  • Dry stored in heated car house
  • Seven previous owners
  • Supplied with a current UK V5C registration document 
  • Older but very smart restoration

The Interior

  • Dark red leather trim
  • Very smart retrim 
  • Renewed carpets
  • Two-seat tourer

Trimmed in rich red leather with matching door cards and carpets, the Morris’s cabin is beautifully presented and it’s in great overall condition with no problems to report. 

If we were being picky, there’s one tiny nick to the leather on the top of the driver’s side seat back and some signs of ageing to some of the dials – but then they are almost 90 years old. There’s also some minor staining to the underside of the fabric roof.

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The Exterior

  • Older restoration
  • Two-tone maroon and black
  • Excellent paint finish
  • Fabric roof and weather gear supplied

The Morris was restored several years ago and to a very good standard, meaning that the rich paintwork still retains a deep and glossy shine to this day. It has been stored in optimal conditions to avoid any deterioration, so the panels are all still very clean, smart and free of damage, as are the black wire wheels. 

Included is a black canvas hood that’s still in decent order, with detachable all-round weather gear should you wish to use it outside of the summer months.

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The Mechanics

  • 918cc 4cyl side-valve
  • Ran well when stored 
  • Minor recommissioning required
  • Braking system will require attention

The Morris is said to have been in great working order when the owner acquired it in 2015 and he used it for a few events and family occasions before putting the car into dry, temperature-controlled storage. 

It has sat in the storage house since and will now require some gentle recommissioning to get it back up and running. The rear brakes are stuck on and will need freeing off, as will the clutch, while the engine will need a new battery and fresh fuel at the very least to get it back to life. That said, the vendor reports that it ran very well seven years ago and shouldn’t require a huge amount of work to bring it back to life. 


Here is an opportunity to acquire one of the most charming and interesting variants of the Morris 8 – a pre-series production model in very tidy cosmetic order, great structural condition and probably a weekend’s work away from being back up and running properly. It’s a lovely old thing that deserves to be out and about and being enjoyed.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1935
  • Make Morris
  • Model Eight Two-Seat Tourer
  • Colour Maroon/Black
  • Odometer 81,457 Miles
  • Engine size 918
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
34 bids
  • Mr•••• £8,400 03/10/22
  • pa•••• £8,300 03/10/22
  • Bo•••• £8,200 03/10/22
  • Bo•••• £8,100 03/10/22
  • Mr•••• £8,000 03/10/22
  • re•••• £7,600 03/10/22
  • Bo•••• £7,500 03/10/22
  • re•••• £7,200 03/10/22
  • G3•••• £7,100 03/10/22
  • Mr•••• £7,000 29/09/22

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