The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club

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Bexhill - on - Sea

East Sussex

TN39 3XE

Bexhill 100 Motoring Club

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1937 Morris Eight Series 1 - 4 seat Tourer

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The Morris Eight was introduced in September1934 and by the time the replacement Series E came on to the market in 1938, around 250,000 had been built at the Cowley plant. It is unusual to find a car with such a detailed history as DKT 514. During the 70’s the car was acquired by a Mr Charles Clough of Bradford. He decided to contact all previous owners shown on the buff log book going back to 1960. Surprisingly he received responses from about 6 previous owners. The research showed that the car was once owned by Fredrick Forsyth, the renowned author who was a humble journalist on the Eastern Daily Press at the time. A long letter from Miss Heraty of NW3 who purchased the car in 1968 describes her times travelling back and forth to Cranfield via the M1 while studying for her MSc. Miss Heraty also details all the work to the car which she personally completed. Mr Clough carried out restoration to the bodywork and mechanicals and all the receipts  for every nut and bolt are in the file including a huge bill of £450 for chassis repairs. The car was purchased by Stuart Kitchen in 1991. The interior and hood were in a terrible state so Messrs Aldridge of Wolverhampton were given the job of completely replacing the seats, carpets and hood, all of which was done to a very high standard. DKT 514 has attended the Kinsale Rally in Southern Ireland and completed several Morris Register London to Brighton runs. More recently it was featured in the BBC programme ‘First Days of Peace’ where it was driven by another famous writer, Anthony Horowitz of Foyles War fame.  At 80 years of age DKT 514 is taking a well-earned leisurely retirement attending local shows and events with the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club. Stuart Kitchen


4 Cylinder in line

Bore & Stroke: 57 mm x 90 mm

Displacement: 918.6 cc

Valves: side

Compression ratio: 5.8:1

Carburation: single SU 7/8in diam

Power output: 23.5bhp at 3,900rpm



6-volt coil, 14mm Champion L10 plugs



Clutch: single, dry plate 61/2in diam

Gearbox: 3-speed, synchromesh on

2nd and top

Ratios: 5.375, 5.729 & 16.85 to 1 reverse 22.84 to 1

Propellar Shaft: Shaft and spiral bevel


Maximum speed: 58 mph

Acceleration: 0-50 mph 37 secs

Overall fuel consumption: 38-42 mpg


Wheels & Tyres

6 stud 17in Magna wire

450 x 17in crossply



Double box section type



Lockheed Hydraulic on 8in drums



Semi eliptic front and rear with Armstrong

Hydraulic shock absorbers


Bishop cam


Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 7ft 6in

Track - front: 3ft 85/8in

Track - rear: 3ft 101/4 in

Overall length: 11ft 9in

Overall width: 4ft 6.5in

Overall height: 5ft

Ground clearance: 6.8in

Turning circle: Left 33ft 10in,

right: 36ft

Kerb weight: 14 cwt

Tank capacity:51/

2 gallonsSump capacity: 5 pints