1961 Morgan Plus 4
Reg. no. UWM 390
Chassis no. 4878
Engine no. Unknown (replacement)
Building on the successful formula of the 4/4, which had been in production since 1936, Morgan introduced the Plus 4 in 1950. Similar to the preceding 4/4 but slightly longer and more powerful, it initially replaced the earlier car, but from 1955 the two cars were both produced, the Plus 4 remaining the more powerful car and therefore sitting at the top of the Morgan range until the introduction of the Plus 8 in 1968. Production ended in 1969, only for the car to be reintroduced in 1985. For the first generation of Plus 4s, engines were provided by Standard-Triumph, the first cars getting a Standard Vanguard engine before this was upgraded to a Triumph TR2 unit in 1953, then a TR3 engine in 1955. Together with the lightweight construction, this gave the car a good turn of pace and excellent handling. Disk brakes were standard from 1960. The cars were available in both two and four-seat configuration.
This 1961 4-seater is in excellent condition; in the present family since 1983, it was treated to a bare-chassis restoration in 2006, during which the body tub and wings were replaced. Just 500 miles ago, the TR3 engine was rebuilt by Beale Engineering of Bath, while the clutch has also been replaced and the carburettors rebuilt. At the same time, new hubs, wheel bearings, wheels and tyres were fitted. The leather interior, hood and tonneau are also all new, and the car comes with a full set of side screens. The car is said to drive superbly, and it comes with various bills and photographs of the restoration work, plus a V5c. It should have a new MOT by the time of the auction, although it is of course now exempt.
Extra details and estimates:
£21,000 - 23,000
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