1957 Morris Isis Series II Saloon

Make: Morris
Model: Isis Series II Saloon
Year: 1957
Registration Number: FSJ 181
Chassis Number: SAH 559923
Engine Number: CM26ML10335
Transmission: Manual with Overdrive
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt

The original Morris Isis was a car of the thirties. The modern-era models first arrived in 1955 and replaced the Six MS but were really based on the fifties’ Oxford Series II. The 2.6 litre engine was inherited from the Austin Westminster (and Healey), but unlike the Westminster, the Isis was sadly not terribly popular and sales remained low, even for the Mk II which came to the market in 1956. With a six cylinder engine, an impressive top speed of 90mph and a spacious woody estate on offer, it’s a pity that the model didn’t find favour with the British public, and production ended in 1958 with just over 12000 units made in total. Today, it is thought that there are only eleven road-worthy examples in the UK.

This rare Mk II Isis is in fair condition, but could benefit from some further fettling to improve it further. Mechanically, it is serviceable and was driven to the auction site; we understand that the motor car has a good turn of speed. From the file, we can see that mechanical work was carried out in 2019, with a new fan belt, brake shoes, wheel cylinders, a slave cylinder, oil filter and spark plugs fitted. The bodywork is described as being generally good, with a striking two-tone paint finish; there is evidence of some rust bubbling to the lower left hand doors. The upholstery is in well used condition, and the interior generally may benefit from some improvement. It is worth noting that the Isis was last put through an MOT test in 2020 and passed.

The aforementioned history file contains an original Isis repair schedule, an owner’s manual, invoices, MOT test certificates, marque history, a sales brochure, two workshop manuals, an older V5C, the current V5C registration certificate and others.