Beatles Morris Oxford 'tour bus' coming up for auction
1926 Oxford Bullnose originally belonging to band’s manager goes up for sale with H&H Classics; could it have been Liverpool lads’ first-ever ‘tour bus’?
A 1926 Morris Oxford with strong links to The Beatles is due to go under the hammer at H&H Classics’ forthcoming sale at The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.
The ‘Bullnose’ Tourer was originally owned by the legendary Liverpool band’s first manager, Allan Williams – and as such was likely used to ferry the lads around during their early career.
Williams bought the car from fellow Liverpudlian and music venue impresario Donald Green on June 13, 1959. The Morris had been supplied new in the city, as is confirmed by the original KA 4005 number plate it still wears.
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The hands-on manager was well know for driving ‘his boys’ – who, with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best, then numbered five – to their local gigs, probably in this very Morris. However, needing more space, he hired a van to take The Beatles to their first Hamburg concert on August 16, 1960.
Williams and the band fell out the following year, after the latter negotiated their own terms for a residency at the German city’s Top Ten Club. The split prompted Williams to call his published memoirs The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away.
In contrast, he kept hold of the ‘Beatles’ Bullnose’ until 1970, when he sold it to a Mr W Stevenson – a member of the Littlewoods Pools dynasty – for £200. Stevenson treated it to a money-no-object restoration, which included the blue over black paint, blue upholstery, black hood and matching side screens it still wears. It has resided with him in Liverpool to this day.
H&H Classics offers the Morris with a continuation buff logbook documenting Williams’ ownership, 1970 bill of sale, Hagerty Insurance Valuation for £40,000 and sundry paperwork/photos. The car is well known to the Bullnose Owners’ Club, and is valued by Hagerty Insurance at £40,000.
The car goes to auction in Buxton on July 18, and is estimated at between £18,000 and £22,000.
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