Morris Oxford Series VI Diesel

(1961 to 1971)

Exactly as for the Austin A60 Cambridge, BMC also put a diesel-engine Morris Oxford Series VI on sale from the end of 1961. At first this slow, rattly and rather smokey model was only available on the export market , but it was introduced into the UK from the spring of 1962. Frankly, its only merit was its fuel consumption (up to 40mpg if driven appropriately),for with a 66mph top speed, reached after much leisurely acceleration, and that rather obtrusive engine, there was little else to attract the customer. For that reason, nearly every Oxford Diesel was sold as a Taxi.


Morris Oxford Series V1 Diesel specification

As for petrol-engined Morris Oxford Series V1 except for:

Engine and transmission: BMC B-Series diesel engine, 1,489cc. 40bhp at 4,000rpm; 64lb ft at 1,900rpm.

Dimensions: Unladen weight 2,520lb.

Typical performance: Maximum speed 66mph; 0-60mph 39.4sec; standing 1/4-mile 25.9sec: overall fuel consumption 37mpg.

Launch Price: £868

Distinguishing features from previous models: Diesel engine and obvious diesel 'knock' when being driven.

Fate: Discontinued in 1971 and not replace.


Source: "The Cars of BMC" - Graham Robson (Motor Racing Publications, 1987)