1924 Morris Cowley


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1924 Morris 11.9hp Cowley Tourer
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 33558

Closely related to the existing Oxford, the cheaper Cowley used the American-built Continental engine at the time of its introduction in 1915, rather than the Oxford's expensive White & Poppe unit, before switching to one made by Hotchkiss' Coventry subsidiary in 1919. A close copy of the preceding Continental, the Hotchkiss engine was made in 1,495cc, 11.9hp form initially, a larger (1,802cc) 13.9hp version becoming available in 1923. A reputation for quality and a drop in price saw the 'Bullnose' Cowley established as Britain's most popular car by the early 1920s. The adoption of a flat radiator and an increase in engine capacity to 1,548cc were the biggest changes made for 1927, the mechanicals continuing much as before apart from a new semi-elliptically sprung chassis. All-steel bodies began to be phased in and four-wheel brakes became standard equipment after 1927.

This particular 'Bullnose' Cowley was restored by a Danish enthusiast in 2010, and since 2011 has been owned by the current vendor, the President of the Royal Veteran Car Club of Belgium. A past participant in the Champagne Rallye (2013) and Flanders Rallye (2015), the Cowley is said to run very nicely and is only sold to make way for a two-seater. Offered with Belgian registration papers.