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Coachwork by Parkes Body Co. Ltd
Early auto manufacturers quickly recognized the need for commercial vehicles to replace horse-drawn wagons. In Britain, Morris produced a line of Light Van chassis to supplement its small-displacement passenger cars. These chassis were then bodied by specialist coachbuilders. The example offered here is believed to be the only survivor of three such wood-bodied vehicles built by the Parkes Body Company, Ltd.
This Estate Wagon is a fine example of a utility vehicle based on the popular Morris Oxford from the flatnose design period of the later 1920s. According to the accompanying MOT document, Phillip Hutchings of Buckinghamshire was the first owner of this rare open-topped Estate Wagon. Michael Cain of Bedfordshire acquired it next, and after restoring it, he entered it in several vintage shows and tours. In 2001, the Oxford appeared in the period mystery film Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman. Around 2009, the Morris was imported to Canada by the consignor. A charming and userfriendly collector vehicle, the Oxford can accommodate four passengers, with space behind the removable rear bench seat for freight. A folding top and side curtains are included.
A rare sight on either side of the Atlantic, this delightful little half-ton Morris truck would surely be the star of any gathering of British cars, or make a charming promotional vehicle for your business.