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.
- UK collector buys Rolls-Royce of ‘the fifth Beatle’
- Geri Halliwell pays £102k for Ringo’s Mini
- Looking to buy a Morris? Plenty for sale here
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.
Classic Cars for Sale
Cobra by DAX This absolutely stunning Cobra is as new with only 398 miles since SVA/IVA registration on the 01/09/2016 Finished in superb Titanium silver with Ghost le-mans stripes. Beautifully detailed with Chrome lifter jacks front and rear, Clear indicator lenses, P700 Head lamps, Cobra badges, Stainless steel wipers, Smoked sun visors, Wind deflectors, Large Aston Le-mans fuel filler inset
1959 MG A 1500 ROADSTER JUST TOTALLY RESTORED MARQUE MG MODEL A 1500 ROADSTER YEAR 1959 PRICE EURO On request CHASSIS N. HDK4360697 ENGINE 15GD-U-H7543 CAPACITY 1488cc KM SHOWN 1100 OWNERS 1 from restoration HOMOLOGATIONS ASI GOLD PLATE INTERIOR Black leather with red piping OUTSIDE RED SOFT TOP BLACK MECHANICALS TOTALLY RESTORED BODYWORKS TOTALLY RESTORED PAINTWORKS TOTALLY REST
1967 JAGUAR MK2 3.800 SALOON WITH POWER STEERING AND AIR CONDITIONING MARQUE JAGUAR MODEL MK2 3.800 SALOON YEAR 1967 PRICE EURO 38.800 CHASSIS N. 224441DN ENGINE LC4021-8 CAPACITY 3.800 cc KM SHOWN 7500 OWNERS 5 HOMOLOGATIONS ASI TARGA ORO- FIVA- CSAI INTERIOR ORIGINAL FACTORY TAN CONNOLLY LEATHER OUTSIDE OLD ENGLISH WHITE MECHANICALS VERY GOOD AND RELIABLE BODYWORKS VERY GOOD ORIG