1954 Morris Minor




1954 Morris Minor Series II Sedan

Fully restored and painted to original Austral blue. The engine was completely rebuilt  in 1999.  The Original series II gearbox has been installed along with steel belt radial tyres, disk brakes, telescopic shockies (front). VW taillights, halogen headlights. The interior has been fully relined with new door trims, hood linings, and seat trims and window rubbers.  This car has been used daily for the last five years and has been very reliable.



1926 Essex Tourer


Roy and Helen Gillespie.

In 1926 Essex marketed a line of Touring cars (open four door cars with canvas tops), which was the most popular body style of cars in production at the time. The 1926 Essex tourer were designed to be a moderately priced competitive car which would be affordable to the average American family and could be utilized for numerous activities.

Due to its versatile technical innovations the 1926 Essex tourer was welcomed by the contemporary design enthusiasts and enjoyed sustained commercial success.

The Essex, manufactured as the low priced companion to the Hudson production line, was marketed with the intention of competing against the Ford and Chevrolet’s low priced vehicles. Some of the technical manufacturer specifications associated with the 1926 Essex tourer includes:

Light Six cylinder engine

Bore x Stroke – 2-11/16 x 4-1/4

Displacement of 144.6″

Wheel base of 110½”

Generators – “Delco 1067″/”Auto-Lite GAA-4001”

Distributors – T-6200/Auto-Lite IB-4001

Ignition Coils – American Bosch TC-30

Fuel System – Stewart 25

1926 was a memorable landmark year for Hudson Motor Company, with its sells surpassing the 100000 mark. The company enjoyed admirable success in the next couple of years and become the 3rd largest automobile manufacturer after Ford and General Motors. It entered the Depression in good shape, and although sales fell sharply from 1929 to 1934, the company survived a time when many others didn’t.

1928 Ford Tourer

owned John and Daphne Hoerlein


1928 Ford Tourer

Henry Ford was a stubborn man. He considered his Model T the perfect car for the masses, and wasn’t about to stop making it. But by 1926 Model T sales were down by more than a quarter-million units, and many were sitting unsold in dealers In May of 1927, after 19 years and more than 15 million Model T’s, the announcement came of the release of its successor Model A.

The Model A was not only mechanically superior  to the T, it was much more stylish. It bore some resemblance to the Lincoln and came in a wide variety of models.

The 1928 Ford Model A Tourer was one of the most successful variant in the Model A’s production history.

At the car’s first public showing in January, 1928 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, police had to hold back the surging throng. Fifty thousand New Yorkers paid deposits on new Fords. The mob scenes were repeated in other major cities. It was apparent that Ford had produced another winner.

Put it this way I would pretty much want my modern office furniture to look like this car, better yet I would want my bed to resemble a model A Tourer.

1928 Ford Tourer

Some of the technical innovations introduced in the Ford Model A tourer which resulted in its  universal public appeal, included:

A L-head 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 200.5 cubic inch (3.3 L) producing 40 BHP.

Four-wheel mechanical brakes

A foot-operated accelerator, conventional battery and coil ignition

A maximum speed of around 65 miles/hour with fuel efficiency ranging between 30 to 40 miles/gallon, depending on driving conditions.

A three-speed sliding-gear transmission

A 103.5 inch (2.6 m) wheelbase with a gear ratio of 3.77:1