Established in 1945, Edgware Motor Rubber & Trim, originally sold car accessories and body trimmings. In 1968 the company was split into two divisions. One division sold seating and the other, the company as we know it today, specialised in rubber seals, trim, and carpet for cars, boats, trains and many other purposes.
We had an enquiry a few weeks ago about seals for a Morris Eight. As we have an extensive range for this and many other Morris cars, we were only too pleased to supply the windscreen seal that the customer wanted and, as well as, seals and wing piping for the rest of his car.
This led me into exploring the history of this customer’s car. The Morris Eight was launched at the 1934 Motor Show in 2 and 4 door saloon versions, as well as, 2 door 2 seater and 4 seater open tourers. The prices of the saloon ranged from an inexpensive £118.00 basic 2 seater saloon to £142.00 for a 4 door saloon with leather seats. If you wanted bumpers and
indicators it would cost an extra £2.50 (or £2.10 shillings in old money)!
The Eight had a 918cc, 4 cylinder engine which produced 23 BHP and a top speed of 60 mph with a 3 speed manual gearbox. It consumed 23 mpg and had a 0 – 50 time of a pedestrian 30 secs. Approximately 164,000 Series I were made which included 24,000 tourers.
The Morris Eight Series ll was introduced in 1938, which was a minor update of the Series l. This was to bring it more in line with the rest of the Morris range. Changes included painted radiator surrounds instead of chrome, and painted disc wheels which replaced the wire spoked wheels of the Series l. After producing 54,000 in one year, production was halted and the Series E followed.
In October 1938 the Series E was announced which brought a major restyling. This was a much more modern car with its sloping radiator grille, headlights inset into the wings, and a lack of running boards. The Series E was a much larger and heavier car with power increased to 29 bhp but it still had a modest top speed similar to the earlier series of 60 mph.
Morris continued production through the war mainly for military use and for some export sales. Manufacturing of the Series E ceased in 1948 with over 120,00 being built. It was soon to be replaced by the Morris Minor which continued to use the Morris Eight 918 cc engine.