Morris Cars Index
Click here for an index which gives a guide to the identification of Morris cars made up to 1948 and vans up to 1953. It shows the range of chassis numbers for each model in each year, as well as the range of bodywork styles available each year.
The chassis number is shown on the brass identity plate on the bulkhead of your car; it normally comprises a “prefix” followed by the actual number. The “prefix” is a code for the model name, for example, S1/E means Series 1 Eight. With this chassis number you can use the Index to identify the model-year or Series of your car.
Up to 1935, Morris introduced changes to the specification of models from year to year, these changes being introduced at or around the time of the Motor Show in October. Some years the changes would be a minor warm over of the previous year’s model, other years a totally new model might be introduced. This can present problems for the present day enthusiast, who may have a car that might have been made and registered between October to December of, say 1934, but would actually be a 1935 model. If looking for spares, or comparing your car with another, care is needed to use the model year, to ensure that you are comparing like with like. After 1935, Series production was introduced, with minor changes introduced at more random points in time, and major changes marked by a change in Series number. With these Series models, the year is less important than the Series number in comparing like with like.
|Cars||Light Vans (5-10 cwt)||Commercials|
|1920-26||Cowley||1924-26||Light Van (8 cwt)||1924-31||T 1 ton|
|1923-24||Oxford Silent Six||1925-30||L 12 cwt|
|1927||Light Six||1926-31||Z 25/30cwt|
|1927-29||Oxford||1928||Traveller’s Brougham||1926-32||D 6×4|
|1927-34||Cowley||1927-34||Light Van (8 & 10 cwt)||1926-32||6D 6×4|
|1928-29||Six||1927-30||LT 12 cwt|
|1929-34||Minor||1929-34||Minor 5 cwt Van||1928-33||TX 35/40 cwt|
|1930-35||Oxford Six||1928-31||R 25/30 cwt|
|1930-35||Isis||1929-32||G International taxi|
|1935||Twelve-Four||1935||Light Van (12/4)||1930-32||K 8 ton|
|1935||Fifteen-Six||1930-34||P 2½/3 ton|
|1933-35||Ten||1931-38||L2 15 cwt|
|1935||Eight||1935-38||Eight 5 cwt||1931-33||R11/30 30 cwt|
|1935-37||Eight Series 1||1935-38||GPO Minor 35 cu ft||1931-33||R11/40 40 cwt|
|1935-37||Ten Series 2||1931-33||R13/40 40 cwt|
|1935-37||Twelve Series 2||1935-38||Series 2 8/10 cwt||1931-34||J 4/5 ton|
|1935-37||Sixteen Series 2||1931-36||T2 1 ton|
|1935-37||Eighteen Series 2||1932-33||HD|
|1935-37||Twenty One Series 2||1932-33||RP|
|1935-37||Twenty Five Series 2||1932-33||TX2 45/50 cwt|
|1936-37||Fourteen Series 2||1932-37||G2 Junior taxi|
|1937-38||Eight Series 2||1933-37||C|
|1937-38||Ten Series 3||1934-37||G2S Junior taxi|
|1937-39||Twelve Series 3||1937-39||G2SW Super Six taxi|
|1937-39||Fourteen Series 3||1937-48||CV|
|1937-39||Twenty Five Series 3||1937-48||LC|
|1938-48||Eight Series E||1940-49||Series Y 10 cwt||1938-41||L3 15 cwt|
|1938-48||Ten Series M||1940-53||Series Z 5 cwt||1939-53||PV|
The range of vehicles covered by the Morris Register (pre-1940 designs, the last of which were in production until 1953) were produced by a number of Morris companies.
Cars and their van derivatives were produced at Cowley, Oxford. Until 1919 these were assembled by WRM Motors Ltd, and subsequently by successor companies including Morris Motors Ltd, Morris Motors (1926) Ltd and the Nuffield Organisation.
Commercial vehicles (trucks/vans/buses) and the 1927-29 Empire Oxford car, were assembled by Morris Commercial Cars Ltd, initially from 1924 in Soho, Birmingham and from 1932 at the ex Wolseley site at Adderley Park, Birmingham.
Parts for the vehicles came from numerous suppliers, some of which were subsequently absorbed into the Morris Group of companies, perhaps most notably Hotchkiss & Cie of Coventry as Morris Engines Ltd.
NOTE: Year of model can refer to the season. For example, the 1934 Cowley Six is the “1934 Season” design which is approximately OCT 1933 – SEP 1934.