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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:20 pm 
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I can't seem to search for this on here (or on Google) so excuse the Q if it's been asked a 1000 times before..

Should a Morris Cooper S, ordered late '64 and registered Jan '65 have a Cowley Morris VIN plate on it (as I understand all coopers were made at Longbridge).

The VIN has no plant ID letter suffix, just the K-A2S4-553xxx number (stamped from the rear)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:42 pm 
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The number seems a bit low for Jan '65.

I have a record of a Cooper from Jan '64 witha VIN of 551***.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:08 pm 
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The number matches the heritage certificate so I'm not bothered about that.

I just wondered why they used Cowley plates on a Morris Cooper (which, as I understand it, were all made at Longbridge) as I've only ever seen a Cowley plate on a mk1 Morris Cooper..

Is it simply because all Longbridge plates were Austin?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:40 pm 
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Quote 'all Coopers were numbered in the Longbridge sequence even when they wore Morris badges.'

Or do you just mean it says: Morris Motors Ltd, Cowley etc on the plate? Which I think is correct.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Yea, they all seem to have Cowley plates.

Just as a point of interest, the car was ordered Nov '64, which possibly explains the earlier number as it was shipped off for additional work prior to delivery.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:25 am 
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Sounds like an early/mid '64. The Cowley plates were just under bonnet badge engineering, all fitted at Longbridge as you say though the odd one ended up with the conlicting plates on. So what was the extra work?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:14 pm 
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As per the original sales receipt, there was a charge for delivery to Radfords..

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:19 pm 
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Awesome! Unusual to go from Longbridge direct to Radforfs. Sounds very interesting! I've got a 66 Radford 998 project on my stand at the Mancheseter Classic Car Show this weekend!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:48 am 
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According to the heritage certificate, the car was delivered to a company located in the same town as the garage that later sold it, they then charged the original owner for delivery to Radford for some additional work prior to final delivery (and subsequent registration, less than two months after the original sale according to the green log book).

When I read that all coopers/s were made at Longbridge, I expected someone to pop up and say they should all have Longbridge style vin plates, but the research proved otherwise as does the feedback here (which is good).

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