The Morris Twelve Four appeared in the Autumn of 1934. The Twelve shared much with Morris’s 1292cc Ten Four and 1378cc Ten Six using the Ten Four gearbox and ratios but with wider wheels and larger section tyres than either of the smaller-engined cars and it used, with modifications, the wheelbase of the Ten Six.
Lockheed hydraulic brakes were fitted on all four wheels, the handbrake on the rear wheels using a mechanical linkage. Suspension was by long semi-elliptic springs at front and rear with Armstrong hydraulic shock absorbers with steering by Bishop cam.
This 12/4 was approved in September 1934 with the body having the slightly elevated structure. This car has the original 4-cylinder engine with 1548cc displacement with a carburettor; the engine makes something in the region of 35-38 hp. Restored in England, it is reported to be in good condition throughout. The 12-4 has then already the typical Morris advantages: 4-speed gearbox and a 12 volt system, further hydraulic brakes and for the time a “modern” chassis.
It’s a fun car to drive and in 2012 new front springs were fitted, along with new tyres and the front wheels overhauled. The brakes were completely resurfaced with new lines and a new brake master cylinder, also, new ignition cables were fitted along with a renewed harness. A charming and delightful pre- war motor car; finished in blue and black with a matching blue interior.