|I have never
owned a more original classic car than this one. It has
never been restored or welded.
It is finished in most attractive Trafalgar Blue cellulose with light blue leather interior. Wherever it goes it turns heads and people come up to admire it.
I bought in from the first owner in late 2002 and it came with the most detailed service records supporting its recorded mileage of just 63000 miles.
He ordered it new from the factory in 1969 with "all the extras". These were reclining leather seats and a heated rear window. He was a motor engineer and maintained it himself for 33 years and kept the most complete record of servicing. The car was never used in winter. He jacked it up on wooden blocks in his garage each October and brought it out again in the spring. This meant he went to work all winter on his moped. Now that's true care.
It's light use was in the summer months when it towed the family caravan to various locations. The furthest was the south of France and on the return trip it boiled on the Paris perephique. To make sure this never happened again it was fitted with an extra blade on the engine fan, a kenlowe electric fan and a sun roof to keep him and his wife cool. The rear springs also had a leaf added to aid stability when towing.
Since I bought the car I have carried out some sympathetic mechanical and cosmetic work. Mechanically it's had a full service, replaced front shock absorbers and overhauled rears. The engine and gearbox mountings have been replaced and the wheels balanced. The car had already been converted to negative earth for the radio but this caused the clock to pack up so I've carefully rebuilt it with a modern battery quartz movement. Keeps perfect time and looks completely original.
Cosmetically I have replaced the windscreen stainless steel surround, located and fitted the correct missing stainless steel wheel trims and replaced the original towing wing mirrors with period ones. I have also refitted the stainless steel sill trims which had been removed early in the car's life as the previous owner believed they introduced water/rust to the sill areas. The sills were heavily undersealed up to the door level to protect them and I have gently rubbed this back and resprayed them in Trafalgar Blue. It has also been undersealed from new and regularly waxoyled. Certainly this has saved this car from rusting away like so many others.
I have replaced various sections of the dashboard to return it to original factory spec, cleaned the carpets and restored the seat leather with a Woolies kit. Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see the service records - remember these were all carried out by the first owner who was a motor engineer
So why am I selling it? Simple - it doesn't need me any more!
I've spent over 25 years rebuilding classics from the chassis up but now enjoy sympathetically restoring classics that just need TLC and this Morris Oxford is finished and ready to do the show circuit or use for pleasure at weekends.
It is delightfully modern to drive, cruises at 70 and is frugal on fuel.
There's an excellent owners club - their website is at www.co-oc.org with a good social life.
Membership is only £15pa.
Just for the record - classic car ownership is very cheap. Road tax is free for pre 1973 classics and comprehensive insurance through the club costs from £71pa. The annual MOT costs £30.
So you lay out £100 a year but the car will probably appreciate at £100 - £200pa.
So your only real cost is fuel and servicing.
That should convince the good lady you're investing the money and not spending it !
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