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1933 MORRIS 10 PRE-SERIES SLIDING HEAD SALOON

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Engine (10hp)

4 cylinder in-line side value

Displacement: 1,293cc

Bore& Stroke: 63.5mm x 103mm

Crankshaft Bearings: 3

Die-cast wghite metal

Carburettor: single SU

 

Transmission

Clutch: single place, cork inserts in oil

Gearbox: 4-speed, Synchromesh after

1934: Ratios: 10.66, 10.57, 6.91, 4.7 to 1

Propeller shaft: shaft and spiral bevel

 

Performance

Maximum speed: 65.2mph

Acceleration: 0-30mph 33secs

Overall fuel consumption: 33mpg

Wheels

19in Magna-type size with

450 x 19in crossply tyres

 

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 8ft 0in

Track: 4ft 0in

Overall length: 13ft 3in

Overall width: 3ft 2in

Overall height: 3ft 4in

Turning circle: 37th

Kerb weight: 10.5cwt

Tank capacity: 6.5gal

Ignition

6 volt coil, 144mm Champion L10 plugs

 

Chassis

Double box section type

Steering

Bishop cam

 

Suspension

Semi elliptic front and rear with Armstrong

hydraulic  shock absorbers

 

Production

Morris Ten: 1932-34

Total Produced 1932-48

(Ten, Ten-Four and Ten-Six): 49,238

 

Prices new in 1935

Saloon: £165

Saloon with sliding-head: £169 10s

Special Coupe with sliding-head: £193

 

Unusual Feature

Wilcott robot direction indicators

Generally known as the “TEN FOUR” this 10hp car was on the market for £169/10/- and as petrol tax was increased twice in that year it was to become one of the most successful models of the early thirties. The new 10hp side valve engine was also fitted with a “Fume Consumer Unit” and a four speed gearbox.

The interior is upholstered in Green Leather cloth called “Kar Hyde”, interior woodwork in dark oak finish, winding winders and silk side door pulls are standard. This car is equipped with the rare “Direction indication device” known as the “Wilcot Robot” under licence from Germany. In appearance the Wilcot Robots resembled a miniature set of traffic lights and caused a lot of confusion to other road users! There were eventually withdrawn by Morris at a cost of £50000 because the Ministry of Transport refused to sanction them. As a result semaphore indicators were reintroduced, though all was not lost, as Gamages (The toy shop) bought 2,000 sets and were selling them as children’s novelties at 2/6d per set.

 

 

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