1962 MORGAN PLUS FOUR
Serial No. 4925
British Racing Green with brown leather interior
Engine: Triumph TR3, in-line, overhead valve, 2,138cc., 100bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: Moss four speed; Suspension: front sliding pillars with coil springs, rear semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: front disc, rear drum. Left hand drive.
The Morgan Motor Company Limited has been building cars at its Malvern home since 1909. Initially they produced the now famous three wheelers, but their attention to four wheel cars started with a prototype built during the First World War. However, it was not until the mid-thirties that a four wheel car became available, the 4/4 which featured a Coventry Climax four cylinder engine displacing 1,122cc. Using the time honored and traditional coachbuilding method of fitting a steel or aluminum body over an ash frame, by 1950 a new Plus Four was offered with a bigger engine. Morgan then offered two models with either a Ford (for the Series 1) or a more expensive Triumph TR (for the Plus Four) motor fitted. As always there were a myriad of options available for the prospective customer and these included foglamps, badge bar, heater, wheel trims, upholstery choice, steering wheel and more.
This is a 1962 Plus Four four seater that records show was shipped on 20 September 1961 to a Mr.Fergus in New York. The car has been in its current ownership for a number of years, during which time it has benefited from a substantial engine overhaul. A pistons and liners kit was fitted in 2001, while the crankshaft has had new bearings fitted with reconditioned con rods. A new timing chain and oil pump have been fitted and the cylinder head has been reconditioned. Also a replacement clutch was fitted and a new generator was put in. The Morgan has been repainted and this looks to be in good overall condition with a few small scratches in places. The original seats are still fitted and the dash has correct instruments including a 6,000rpm tach. Other options fitted to this car include a leather bonnet strap, twin mirrors on the front wings, wind wings, chrome luggage rack, chrome wire wheels with center knock-offs, side curtains, folding roof, tonneau and wood rimmed steering wheel.
Morgans have always had a niche following among enthusiasts and output from the factory still remains in modest numbers. Even today the elusive new Morgan with a seven year plus waiting list gallantly defies its production car rivals. This is an opportunity to join a select number of Morgan motorists who enjoy this charismatic marque.