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1947 Morris Eight

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  • Mileage~55,200 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine0.8L
  • LocationMilford Haven


1947 Morris Eight

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Matt Nolan
Professional Consigner

The Morris Eight is a delightful piece of automotive history, brought to life by its simple yet elegant design.

The Morris Eight is a family saloon car designed and built by Morris Motors between the years of 1935-1948 and is an iconic pre-war design based on the Ford Model Y. In 1938 the vehicle was subject to a number of revisions thumbed the “Series E” which introduced a new waterfall style front grill and headlights mounted in the wings, as well as a slightly wider and shorter wheelbase and a revised engine capable of making 29hp.

This particular example comes to us form current owner Jane, who purchased the car in 2016 and has enjoyed her last 6 years of ownership. The odometer currently reads ~55,200 miles however the mileage cannot be verified as the odometer isn't working. Finished in black and red paintwork, with hand painted wheels, this example has a lot of character and is in a good overall condition.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matt after meeting Jane the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I love my little Morris Eight, she makes me smile when I look at her, when I drive her, even just hearing the engine on the road.

Jane purchased the car in 2016 and soon fell in love with her Morris Eight, the car is full of character and Jane obviously loves that aspect of Morris ownership. She regularly takes the car out for breakfast, getting the whole family in the car and taking a short run out together has been a really enjoyable memory to have with the car over the last 6 years.

The car has had a service earlier in the year, which included a new fuel pump being fitted. It hasn't seen as much use this year, and so Jane has decided its time to sell the car, she'll be happy to answer any questions about in in the comments section below.

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The sweeping curves and pre-war design of the Morris Eight are full of character and style rarely seen in modern automobiles and paired with the black and red paintwork it really is a lovely looking motor.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheels have been repainted by hand and look to be in fair condition, there is no obvious damage to speak of and whilst the finish isn’t perfect it certainly gives the wheels some additional character.

The tyres are branded Excelsior and whilst we were unable to obtain a date due to the lack of DOT markings, we assume the tyres are quite old due to the sidewalls showing signs of perishing and having approximately 3mm tread left across the board.


The bodywork on the whole is in quite good condition, during our time with the car we could not see any misaligned panels, obvious knocks or dents, or signs of major corrosion beyond some slight bubbling on the bonnet and front arches. These things to be expected given this is a car from 1947.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The paintwork looks to be in generally good condition with no major scratches, scrapes, or scuffs to speak of. There are a couple of areas of localised damage in the form of impact zones, presumably from some rather large stone chips, and there is also some slight bubbling present on the front wings and bonnet. The car will have been repainted at some point in its history by a previous owner.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass on the vehicle all looks to be in good condition, with no major chips, scratches, or cracks to speak of and all window seals look to be in a fair condition given the age of the vehicle however the chromework on the vehicle is heavily pitted in some places.


The brown leather interior has aged wonderfully, with a very natural patina having developed on the hide and is accented further by the original rope grab handles.

Seats and Carpets

The brown leather upholstery isn't in a bad condition for the age of the car, with some splitting on the backs of the front seats and base of the rear bench, the leather has formed a natural patina over the years which only serves to add character to the already delightful interior.

Likewise the carpets are in fair condition for the age of the vehicle, having aged nicely and suffers from minimal wear, all carpets have brown leather piping and this is in good condition too.


The dashboard, much like the rest of the interior, has developed its own unique patina over the years but is still in good condition and with no obvious signs of damage.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in similar condition to the rest of the interior on the whole, with no obvious damage visible. Similarly the gearstick is still in good condition too.


The pre-war design of the Morris Eight was not intended for speed, however the small 848cc engine is remarkably robust and provides a steady and reliable driving experience.

Engine and Gearbox

The 848cc engine produced 29hp from the factory, giving the car the ability to reach moderate speeds without issue. During our ‘On The Road’ video you can see the car start from cold, as well as being driven out on the road, during which there were no issues with either engine or gearbox.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension, whilst being designed nearly 80 years ago, still provides quite a comfortable ride and does so without issue. During our time with the vehicle we noticed no untoward noises from the suspension components.

The Drive

The Morris Eight was not built for speed, however for leisurely driving on a lazy Sunday it certainly comes into a class of its own and the steady sound of combustion from the small 848cc engine creates its own soothing soundtrack for your journey.

Electrics and Other

The electronics on the Morris Eight are extremely limited, however the only issue to report in this department is the lack of a working odometer as the current unit does not track mileage, meaning the current mileage reading of ~55,200 cannot be verified.

History and Paperwork

This delightful piece of pre-war automotive design represents a milestone in British automotive history and Jane’s Morris Eight is a fine example of exactly that.

At a touch over 75 years old and a total of 11 owners, this Morris Eight has been loved and cherished by many, with most recent owner Jane having occupied 6 of those 75 years. With original Morris Eight owners manual still present in the car along with a whole host of information and paperwork, this Morris Eight represents a nice example of a British classic.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in high resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

Key Details
  • ModelMorris Eight
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date02.05.1947
  • CC848
  • Mileage~55,200 (Unverified)
  • ColourBlack/Red
  • Interior ColourBrown
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SE/E81547
  • Engine #82194
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers11
  • Tyre TreadApprox. 3mm
  • Tyre BrandExcelsior
  • # of Keys1
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~6 Years
  • Key FeatureVintage British classic
  • Auction ID1067