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HERE we have a delightfully original 1955 Morris Oxford Series II 1500cc in the then BMC colour of Sandy Beige. I very much doubt that this totally honest and rock solid old girl has ever been re-painted during the course of her 64-year-old life. Touched up here and there yes. Sandy Beige has a kind of pinkish tinge to it and, I believe, was later used on Riley 1.5s.

The story is (and I have been able to glean it from the car's history file which includes lovely old-fashioned hand written letters between previous owners as well as a BMI Heritage Trust certificate) that she emerged from dry storage in 2007 following a 30-year hibernation. Her mileage reading at the time was a mere 37,000 and this is confirmed as being correct by the family who tucked away circa 1977! Although she now reads 59,000, it is almost certain that her true mileage is just 39k. Again, this can be deduced by the history and the fact that she did not cover 20,000 miles between 2007 and 2008, but that rather she had a replacement speedo fitted. It's almost certain that she has done 2k miles since coming out of storage and hence the 39,000.

Anyway, as I say she is rock solid. Great underneath and with her original floor pans painted in what I take to be a silver Hammerite.I have temporarily removed the red carpets in order to photograph the untouched metal floors. She has new brake shoes and cylinders and a new exhaust. Her red leather interior and typically 50s style dash and steering wheel are in excellent order. Likewise, she is all original and clean in the engine bay. She remains un-restored and, as such, you can see her warts and all. By that I mean scratches, tiny dents, touch-ups and small areas of surface rust blebs. There is no inherent rot in this car. You will not be able to push a finger through any part of a panel. In many ways, it is superb to find a mid 50s car which remains untouched and unmolested. Improve her cosmetically if that's what floats your boat; otherwise simply use as sis which is what I would be tempted to do.

You just don't see these Oxfords any more. And bear in mind these 1500cc ohv vehicles were running alongside tens of thousands of side valve Fords with small engines, not to mention the Oxford's own counterparts such as the Austin A30 and of course the Minor. Small engines both.

It makes a lovely change from a Minor, an A30, a 100E, a "sit up and beg" Ford Pop, a Standard 8 or others of a similar ilk. She drives well with a really nice 4-speed column change and is a willing starter.

She is not a new car, nor is she a three-year-old used car. She is a piece of antique motoring history and, as such will have quirks and maybe even the odd fault. Anyway, she is what she is. These old gems - in this case 64-years-old - are sold as seen. Should you buy without viewing, then she is sold on the basis of the advertisement you have read the photos, or extra photos, you have seen as well with the assistance of any answers to questions you have received from me. Treat these classics with the respect they deserve and make sure they have love, time and effort lavished on them. Even the very best need permanent on going care. Practically all will have undergone a degree of restoration work or improvement at some stage. If it's a three-year-old car dating from the 1960s that you are after, then you are out of luck. Short of acquiring a Tardis that is.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I am here to answer any questions you may have and, remember, that I also provide a delivery service. Martin the details below)

Price £3250 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Morris
Model Oxford
Year 1955
Mileage 59,000 miles
Country UK
Region Yorkshire
Telephone 01677 367972
Status Trade
Date 29-Nov-2019
Ref C1181246

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