Georgano’s invaluable Encyclopedia tells us that Emile Mors started manufacturing cars in Paris in 1895 and at the turn of the century had considerable success in motor racing as well as producing a range of very good road cars. In 1908 Mors was hit badly by a general depression and management of the business was taken over by Andre Citroen. Over time Mors was absorbed into his company with their name being finally dropped in 1956 by which time they were making motor scooters.
This 12/15 hp model was popular with buyers and even though it is now 105 years old I can still see why it would be well regarded against its competitors. Its 2.1 litre four cylinder engine is in very good order and starts very readily on the handle - it runs quietly, pulls very well and the three speed gearbox has a fairly high top gear giving comfortable and quiet cruising. The easy to use and the clutch, which uses a contracting band rather than a conventional cone, is light and very smooth indeed. The ride is good, steering is light and the brakes are up to standard for a car of this age so it feels just right out on the road.
The coachwork is sound as is the paintwork and upholstery, the hood is in very good condition and the hood strap buckles are a work of art in their own right. This car has obviously been in regular use over the years and has acquired a delightful patina which means you can use it without being afraid of taking it out in the rain.
It is always nice when a car comes with early papers and correspondence such as I found in this one’s file. The earliest document is a buff card log book dated July 1930 followed by a collection of letters from the 1960s to and from the first owner listed in the log book who, by the way, kept the car until 1977. There is also useful correspondence to and from the current owner (who bought the Mors in 1994) including a letter and photographs from the granddaughter of the man who owned it in 1930. There are also interesting copies of contemporary magazine articles about Mors in general and the 12/15 in particular.
We have its hand written Veteran Car Club dating application form and its subsequent Dating Certificate number 905 which was issued in 1961. In 1994 it was also issued with a Vintage Sports Car Club “Blue Form” so that it could take part in their Light Car and Edwardian Section events – this has subsequently been replaced with a current VSCC Eligibility Document .
In summary this is a really nice and eminently useable Edwardian car which will suit someone who likes to use their old automobiles rather than just polish and admire them. I can see it taking part in all sorts of events and rallies as well as being driven simply for the sheer fun of it. It is also very good value for money!