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  •   James Ball reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    FAMILY AFFAIR BACK IN FRAME

    Car #Morgan #Super-Sports
    Run by James Page
    Owned since February 2010
    Total mileage n/a
    Miles since May 2014
    report none
    Latest costs £50


    When Dad and I first started to acquire the bits that will eventually make up this Morgan, a colleague offered me a bet: he said that my daughter, who was only a few months old at the time, would be at secondary school (so, at least 11) by the time that it was finished. How I chuckled and took his bet. And how, with Jessica now five, it looks as if he might have been right.

    Not that progress has been nonexistent. Far from it, in fact. We are still awaiting the secondhand front hubs that I wrote about last time – David Browne, the Three Wheeler Club’s parts guru, has got one set aside for us and is waiting for another to become available. In the meantime, we’ve found somewhere that can fabricate not only a new rear hub but also a propshaft. At the time of writing, Dad was about to go and see local enthusiast Nick Taylor about a possible engine, too, so some of the major components are coming together. Some of the more minor ones, as well. Alan Terry, the owner of an MX4 - engined Super Sports, kindly donated a steering wheel, and we’ve got at least one of the levers for it after I bought a throttle control at a Richard Edmonds auction last year.

    After rummaging around in his garage, Dad also unearthed a horn that was last fitted to ‘Henrietta’ – his father’s Riley Nine Monaco – in the 1950s. He had a Lucas wiper motor as well, origin unknown, that Port said looks like the unit that was also fitted to Series I Landies. It’s for 12V electrics, but we’re planning to run the car on that system anyway – not that we need to worry about such details for a while yet. The club operates a sparesexchange scheme, and our bartering currency for the front hubs consisted of the various leaf springs and gearbox crossmembers that we didn’t need. Having got rid of those, we were left with the correct number of everything, and managed to source some U-bolts that will connect crossmember to spring at the rear end.

    Most Christmas and birthday presents between Dad and I now consist of Morgan-related bits and pieces, and #2014 ’s seasonal gifts included The Best of Clarrie – a collection of technical articles written by long-time enthusiast Clarrie Coombes. These span correctly aligning the rear wheel using string to cutting splines in propshaft ends and explanations of the inner workings of pretty much everything that you’ll find on a three-wheeler.

    Full-sized Meccano takes shape: with sliding pillars up front, plus gearbox and forks at the back. MTWC technical bible was a present from Page’s dad.
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  •   James Ball reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Car #Morgan-Plus-8

    Year of manufacture #1997
    Recorded mileage 6624
    Asking price £30,995
    Vendor Richard Thorne Classic Cars, Grazeley
    Green, near Reading, Berks.

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £33,285
    Max power 190bhp
    Max torque 235lb ft
    0-60mph 6.1 secs
    Top speed 124mph
    Mpg 20

    This immaculate Morgan is a one-owner car, and he’s only selling it to buy a new #Morgan Plus 8. The exact mileage is unknown because the odometer started massively over-reading before it was changed in #2007 . Five stamps in the service book show that it leapt from 6000 to 27,000 between services so, judging from that and the old MoT certificates, the true total could be anywhere between 14,000 and 20,000 miles.

    This is one of the last short-door Plus 8s, with a galvanised chassis, and, as you would expect, it’s in excellent shape. It was ordered with a long list of extras such as wire wheels, aluminium body and wings with scuttle roll-bar and passenger side mirror. The Morgan has possibly never been out in the rain, because the hood and sidescreens look unused. The plywood floorboards are dry and clean, too, plus the hide upholstery is only lightly creased and worn. The walnut dashboard – another extra-cost option when leather was standard – is also perfect.

    The front wings were resprayed a while ago and there are a few tiny star-chips in the nearside rear mudguard that will be sorted before sale. The standard exhausts are in good shape and there’s a little surface rust on the wheel rims, which again will be cleaned up by the vendor. The tyres are new-looking #Pirelli P6000s, with an unused spare.

    The 3.9-litre #Rover #Rover-V8 shows some light corrosion, and is fronted by a replacement aluminium radiator and thermostat housing. Its coolant is full and pink, plus the oil golden and to the top mark on the dipstick, although the Morgan will be serviced again before it leaves RTCC.

    The engine starts instantly, showing 31/2 bar oil pressure at warm tickover that never budges, and 13.8 on the voltmeter. It’s taut to drive but not crashy – which counts as an almost fluid ride on a Morgan – and everything works as it should, from the gearbox synchros to the brakes. There’s plenty of prod, of course, with that lovely V8 woofle. It will be sold with the original bill of sale and delivery slip, a new MoT plus the owner’s manual and a fully stamped service book.


    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR
    Straight; shiny; minor blemishes will be rectified prior to sale.

    INTERIOR
    Lovely veneer; hide barely worn.

    MECHANICALS
    Healthy; just serviced again.

    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

    For - A nice vintage of Plus 8 that’s in excellent order.
    Against - Chrome rims are a bit flash.

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    It scores highly in just about every way – ideal for a blast of a crisp morning. And winter is always a great time to buy a sports car.
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  •   James Ball reacted to this post about 4 years ago

    Old dog, new tricks. A special edition to mark the #Morgan 4/4’s 80th birthday. Words James Ball. / #Morgan-4/4 / Morgan / #1936 / #2016

    A history lesson first: the Morgan 4/4 was introduced in 1936 – 80 years ago – sporting a distinctive flat radiator. Then, in 1955, the sleeker cowl-rad 4/4 arrived on the scene with its eye-catching curved grille and sloping rear end. And ever since then, Morgan has kept effectively the same look and many of the same manufacturing methods.

    Don’t be fooled though. Sure, Morgan’s new 80th Anniversary edition here looks as though it’s stepped straight out of 1955, but the 4/4 has evolved over the years. Under those classic looks are some modern mechanics. Yes, there are leaf springs on the back and Morgan’s traditional sliding-pillar suspension on the front (plus liberal use of wood in the body frame), but there’s also a Ford Sigma 1.6 under that long bonnet, hooked up to an MX-5 gearbox. The Ford unit achieves a claimed 44.1mpg and pushes out a humble but usable 110bhp.

    So, what’s different here? Well, the 80th Anniversary edition is actually mechanically identical to the standard 4/4, except for a side-exit sports exhaust – a small but very noticeable addition. Although it provides only a very small performance boost, perhaps 1-2bhp over standard, its delightful noisy burble adds plenty of character.

    Visually, the 80th has been tweaked with many design elements echoing the earliest 4/4s. The brass centre wheel nuts and grille draw on the early cars, whilst the matt-finish walnut dash and foil detailing add a more modern flair. To drive it’s a solid, direct experience. With no power steering, and next to no suspension travel, the 4/4 forces you to pay attention. Every bump and every corner demands focus and forethought as that side-exit pops away on the overrun and lets out a decent growl when you’re changing up through the gears.

    Cornering is equally positive and, with the 4/4 weighing just 795kg, there’s plenty of grip and the feedback through the Moto-Lita gives you confidence turning in. Not only does it drive like a classic car – it even smells like one. The combination of leather, wood and hot metal permeates the cockpit as you peer down the long louvred bonnet.


    Has Morgan simply given its 4/4 a spruceup and called it a special edition? Well, yes, in a sense, but having driven the 80th Anniversary from Geneva to Malvern, we’re in a good position to note that it feels a surprisingly different experience from the standard 4/4, thanks to well thought-out design choices – and that throaty side-exit exhaust.

    At £39,995, and with the 80 examples already sold, we expect residuals to be strong…

    From top. The 80th Anniversary model’s interior looks classic but is a world away from the 1936 4/4’s; brass finishes and logos are unique to this car; it still drives like a Morgan!
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    Morgan 4/4 1936 - 2016
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    Morgan Plus 8 Club

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