“It was due five minutes before I had my shift at McDonald’s,” Dawson explains. “I waited until the very last minute and actually was late for work because I just wanted to see the car pull up in the driveway.”
Although the car was in worse than expected condition, Dawson relished the restoration journey with the help of her dad and partner. In fact, car restorations are a family affair for Dawson, having previously helped her dad restore a 1964 EH Holden.
For Dawson, the experience shared with her dad makes the Morris more than just a car restoration project. “I’ve done a lot of this myself, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without the major support of my mum and dad, and my brother and partner.”
Alternating between the driveway and shed, the Morris Oxford Series II underwent a painstaking restoration including respraying, installation of new parts and refurbishment of original parts. Notably, one of the vehicle’s most unique features, its side trafficators, were still functional as indicators.
After almost two years of work, the vehicle was fully restored, roadworthy and catching the attention of other drivers, in part thanks to its striking blue paintjob.
"The absolute serotonin boost from driving it – it's just so special,” Dawson says. “It’s an indescribable feeling to have such a privilege to drive a really cool car.
“Everyone is going to know me as the chick in the Morrie.”
Encouraged by her experience, Dawson has even started her own car community – Ladies Crusin’ Classics – and hopes to inspire others to take up classic car restorations.