1951 Morris Oxford MO, 1500 cc. Registration number VAS 908. Chassis number SM0/70030 (V5C states SMO170030). Engine number 76491. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the Oxford, along with the Minor, introduced unit construction techniques such as Unibody construction even though it is not widely recognized as a true unibody car. Torsion bar front suspension was another novelty and hydraulically operated 8-inch drum brakes were fitted all around. Under the bonnet, it used a side-valve straight-4 rather than the older overhead-valve unit. The single SU-carburetted engine displaced 1476 cc and with its output of 40.5 bhp at 4200 rpm could propel the car to a heady 72 mph. The four-speed gearbox had a column gear change and steering was by rack and pinion. Interior fittings were reasonably comprehensive by the standards of the time, with a full width shelf under the dashboard and "useful pivoting ventilator panels" (hinged quarterlights) at the front edge of each of the front doors and a rear window blind included in the price. Instrumentation included an oil pressure gauge, an ammeter and an electric clock, also available, albeit at extra cost, was a heater. VAS was first registered in February 1951and by 2002 was in Hampshire and known of as Murtle! Her mileage at this time was 64,000 and over the years the MOT history has seen her mileage rise to 68,365 in 2016. She was then bought by John Deverell of Hayling Island and he sold her to our vendor in 2017. today the mileage is at 68,433 miles. Murtle has the optional extra heater fitted and started with ease when viewed. Rarely used these days she now awaits a new custodian. Sold with the V5C, various old MOT's, various tax discs from 1993 - 2001 and sundry literature.
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