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Morgan

Morgan

Morgan Company Profile

We have a particular soft spot for the Morgan marque - and let’s face it, who doesn’t? H.F.S. Morgan pioneered a movement known as “New Motoring”, aimed at those who were looking for something better than a motorbike but cheaper than a full-size car. The result was a sort of halfway house known as a “cyclecar”. H.F.S. Morgan had trained…

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Morgan 4/4

Morgan 4/4

RATING:

8 / 10

PRICE: £5000-13,000

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1945-
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door open sports
  • Engine:
    4/4 Standard powered Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder 1267cc 39bhp ; 4/4 Ford powered: Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder 997cc 39bhp Series IV Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder 1340cc 54bhp 1600 Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder 1599cc 71bhp (Competition models 88bhp); 4/4 Fiat powered: Overhead camshaft in-line four-cylinder 1995cc 112bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    10-26sec
  • Top Speed:
    75-100mph
  • MPG:
    28-35

PAST: The first 4-4 Morgan (denoting four-cylinders and four wheels) had been introduced in 1936, featuring a separate chassis, wood-framed bodywork and an 1122cc Coventry Climax engine. During 1939 Morgan employed the 1267cc engine from the Standard Flying Ten, before Morgan turned to the two-litre Vanguard unit, creating the ‘Plus Four’. The 4/4 designation came with the adoption of four pot Ford power units from 1955. Overhead camshaft Fiat and Ford (CVH) types were then installed after 1980.

PRESENT: Certainly the most sensible and attainable Morgan, same style but with lower costs. The later the model, the more civilised but handling/ride antiquated.

FUTURE: Early cars hold special appeal to select band; values dependent on originality although Ford (Escort Mk3) CVH and Fiat cars hold least classic appeal

Morgan Aero Eight

Morgan Aero Eight

RATING:

7 / 10

PRICE: £38,000-£45,000

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    2000
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door open sports
  • Engine:
    Twin overhead camshaft V8 4398cc 281bhp or 320bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    4.8 sec
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph
  • MPG:
    20-30+

PAST: Arguably the biggest change to Morgan’s core design since the Plus Eight, Aero Eight used modern BMW 32v V8 power – and a somewhat controversial look. Six-speed Getrag’box with a limited slip diff, plus rack and pinion steering, a variety of lightweight materials but ash framing still used! AeroMax coupe surfaces in 2005.

PRESENT: If you look at the Aero as a new take on the Plus Eight you won’t go wrong. Apart from even more pace, there’s more refinement and user- friendliness (especially handling and ride) but the V6 Jaguar S-Type-powered Plus Eight replacement is a wiser bet for traditionalists.

FUTURE: Prices are well above that of the older models although are easing slightly; only 11 made so exclusivity is assured.

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