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Homepage. This page: Three colour photographs from 1965 showing a pre-war Morris 8hp saloon, plus different cars in b/w.

1. Pre-war Morris 8 Series 1 saloon.

Firstly thanks to Peter S for sending over the first three photos shown on this page, and agreeing to them being shown here. All three pictures show a 1936 Morris 8 4 door saloon, registration DNB 456, seen in July 1965. The car belonged to Peter's sister. Eventually the little Morris was traded in for a '53 Ford Prefect, did it survive I wonder? a quick check online shows that the number is still around, now gracing a BMW, so the car may still be around although now on a non-original registration number.
Morris 8 from 1936
Pre-war Morris saloon car
Working on the Morris 8 Series 1
A number of Morris 8 photographs now feature on the site, although these are the first old photos featuring a Series 1 Morris 8 saloon. On this page there are two photos of a similarly aged Series 1 Morris tourer, and here is shown a period shot of a Series 2 Morris 8, in 2 door saloon form. Visually the 1 & 2 differed most obviously with the earlier car having spoked wheels as opposed to pressed rims, and a chrome radiator surround as opposed to the later car's painted version.
A little while back Roy sent me recollections of his first car, a Series 1 Morris 8, and they feature here, in the motoring memories section of the site. Roy took his test in this car, and recalls an embarassing 'moment' he had with the examiner during the compulsory emergency stop procedure..

2. A 2 door example of the Morris 8.

Next, a photo from my own collection, showing a 2 door Morris 8 with a full complement of passengers on board, and a dog looking like he quite fancies a ride in the little Morris too.
A two door Morris 8

3. A 4-door Series 1.

This next photo was emailed over early in 2010, the sender hoping to have the car identified. The chrome radiator gives it away as a 4 door Series 1 Morris Eight, as do the smaller centre wheel caps. This particular car has been fitted with full-width wheel covers, disguising the car's age a little.
A 4dr Morris Eight

4. Another 8hp Morris.

VY 9321, first registered in or around York, is another example of a pre-war 8hp Morris in Series 1 guise. Harder to identify though is the part-dismantled car lurking in the shadows to the left, only the chrome screen surround gives any clue as to that car's identity.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size image.)
Morris 8hp car

5. Picnic time with an 8.

A gent with his lady are seen enjoying themselves on a picnic, with a 1935 Morris 8 parked behind them. The distinctive swage down the centre of the rear wing visible in this photo, along with the shape of the rear window and the style of the bumper, were enough to identify the car as an 8hp Morris. The WD registration points to the car being registered from new in Warwickshire. A larger pre-war Morris is over to the right (cramping access to the 8's driver's door somewhat), while in front there appears to be a wooden-bodied estate car (woodie).
Rear view of a Morris 8
Return to Old Vehicle Photos Page 7.
To read an owner's first-hand memories of driving a Morris 8 in the 1950s, please visit this page within the Motoring Memories section of the site. A period photo of probably the rarest variant, the 5cwt van, can now be seen on this page.

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