Morris Oxford Review

1956 Morris Oxford Series II 1.5 B series from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1956
Year of manufacture1956
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 B series Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


Totally reliable and full of character


Speedometer cable broke.

Electric clock stopped.

Distributor bushes needed renewing.

Steering and suspension bushes (rubber) replaced.

Back axle seals leaked oil onto brake shoes.

Left-Hand rear axle bearing replaced.

Points in SU-fuel pump replaced.

Some rust removed in the rear wheel arches.

General Comments:

This Oxford was my first car (was using parent's rusty old Corolla before this) and I still have it and love it to bits. It is completely original, and has never even had the cylinder head taken off!

It has been so reliable and is so simple to keep in first-class order mechanically and electrically. Upkeep has really been just common sense - very simple to oil, grease, tune up and replace those 50 year old Lucas bullet connectors.

Upholstery is all original, in perfect condition and very comfy. Nice bench seats and you can fit lots of people in it.

Nice big boot too.

At 89,000 miles the engine is down on performance a bit and it was never a rocket - but I didn't buy it to be a racing car, so it performs admirably to me. If I want to go fast I'll take my Morris Isis out :-)

With new suspension bushes and accurate rack-and-pinion steering it handles very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2008

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review