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Lot 103

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1928 Morris Oxford

Coachwork by Parkes Body Co. Ltd

SOLD $59,400

Estimate

$30,000 - $40,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

266091

Engine

270496

Car Highlights

One of Only Three Oxford Utility Trucks Bodied by Parkes and the Only Known Survivor
Believed to Have Had Just Three Owners from New
Seen in the Award-Winning 2001 Film Gosford Park
A Superb Candidate for a Promotional or Ranch Vehicle
A Simple, Robust, and Charming Vehicle to be Enjoyed by the Whole Family

Technical Specs

1,800 CC L-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single SU Carburetor
Estimated 14 HP
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Solid Front and Live Rear Axles with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

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.