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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Celebrates The 110th Anniversary: Learn About 6 Most Important Cars It Has Produced

Morgan Motor Company celebrates the 110th anniversary next year. That’s more than a century, folks. I think this company definitely deserves massive attention as it is basically a love story written in pain, blood, and cars so amazing that every car enthusiast simply must fall in love with it.

It all started in 1909 when Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan installed a Peugeot engine in a tricycle he designed. Even then, in a time when small manufacturers produced a number of oddballs, his car was among the strangest with that small engine actually fitted at the front. It’s not surprising that Frederick maintained that eccentric style throughout the years. It all translated into the modern times, and now Morgan maintains that eccentric character despite only being a small family business.

Yet, with humble beginnings, but illustrious history, Morgan never really broke among the big ones. It stayed a niche producer, and after more than a century, it is among the best in its segment.

I will lead you through its history and present some of the most important cars Morgan ever endeavored to produce. Of course, we will start with the first one – the 1909 Morgan Runabout. The one with a Peugeot engine inside. Don’t worry, and I will also spark your imagination with the latest special edition cars the company has produced too.

PostHeaderIcon Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition

First introduced in 1968, the Morgan Plus 8 remained in production for 36 years until 2004, becoming one of the industry’s longest surviving nameplate. The roadster was revived in 2012 with minor updates and soldiered on for a few more years. Come 2018 and Morgan is putting an end to the Plus 8 model for good with the 50th Anniversary Edition. The limited-run Plus 8 obviously celebrates 50 years since the model was launched, but it also pays tribute to the car’s early motorsport days.

Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 50th Anniversary Edition also marks the end of the line for Morgan’s 4.8-liter V-8 engine. Borrowed from BMW in 2008, this unit remained in production at the company’s British facility a full seven years after the Germans stopped using it in models like the 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and X5. Morgan has yet to announce a replacement for the Plus 8, but a new model is probably under development. The body style will live on though through the 4/4, Plus 4, and Roadster versions, which use four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

Continue reading to learn more about the Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Teaser Video


Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Exterior

  • Lacquered blue paint
  • British Racing Green option
  • Yellow accents
  • Optional soft-top
  • Race-style white circles
  • White exhaust pipes
  • Chrome bumper delete
  • Aluminum decklid panel
  • Custom headlamp graphics
  • Revised hood louvers
  • New five-stud wheels

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“The biggest visual difference is its blue lacquered paint color with yellow accents”

A quick glance at this car is enough to notice that it’s clearly the Morgan Plus 8 in all its iconic glory. The curvy fenders, the laid-back grille, the old-school flat gauges – it’s all there. The biggest visual difference is its blue lacquered paint color with yellow accents. Going back into Morgan history, the blue color is very similar to Morgan’s first Plus 8 built-in 1968 known as the MMC11.

The 50th Anniversary Edition’s hand-painted yellow accents around the front grille, on the engine hood, and the “tow” markings below the bumper give the car an appearance reminiscent of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron.


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“The iconic British Racing Green paint is also available for this model and comes with a soft-top”

The iconic British Racing Green paint is also available for this model and comes with a soft-top, whereas the blue model remains a speedster vehicle only. Beyond the blue and yellow paint, there are race-style white circles on the doors, white exhaust pipes, and a chrome bumper delete, all of which give the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition a motorsport-inspired look.

Other extra features include a spun aluminum domed panel on the decklid, light leather wrapping used to seal the external wing panels, simpler graphics for the LED headlamps, and extra engine hood louvers, and a leather belt. The number 8 painted onto the front grille harks back to the racing days of the original Plus 8. The exterior is rounded off by new five-stud wheels. Designed to mimic the original cast wheel of the Plus 8, the new wheels also allow room for larger brake calipers and are finished in a bespoke champagne color. The wheels are shod in tires revised to handle the power of the big V-8 engine.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Interior

  • Special plaque
  • Waterproof leather
  • Twin-leated stitching
  • New dial faces

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“The 50th Anniversary model keeps the Plus 8 spirit alive, but Morgan added a few extra features”

The Morgan Plus 8 has a uniquely spartan yet leather-lined cabin built for the sole enjoyment of driving. The minimalist approach means there are no extraneous gadgets or large screens to distract from driving or the roadster’s iconic appearance.

The 50th Anniversary model keeps that spirit alive, but Morgan added a few extra features, starting with a plaque with a unique production number. There’s also naturally waterproof black leather for the upholstery and highly detailed, twin-pleated stitching on the seat centers for a motorsport-specific theme. The matte-finished walnut dashboard now includes specially designed dial faces.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Drivetrain

  • Same 4.8-liter V-8
  • 367 horsepower
  • 370 pound-feet
  • 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed at 155 mph
  • Larger brakes

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“This Plus 8 model will be last Morgan to use the BMW-sourced, 4.8-liter V-8 engine”

Like the Morgan Plus 8s built since 2012, the 50th Anniversary Edition will come powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 sourced from BMW. The unit is rated at 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to the more modern looking Aero 8 model. Tipping the scales at only 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds), the Plus 8 charges from 0 to 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Transmission choices include the usual BMW six-speed manual and the ZF six-speed automatic.

Alongside the newly unveiled Aero GT, which ends production of the Aero 8 lineage, the Plus 8 will be last Morgan to use the N62B48-series, 4.8-liter V-8 mill that BMW introduced all the way back in 2003.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Pricing


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Pricing for the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition is not yet available, but considering that the standard Plus 8 starts at around £70,000 (almost $97,800 as of March 2018) before options or customization, we’d bet this special-edition model will be rather expensive.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Competition

Caterham Seven


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Because of its retro design, the Plus 8 doesn’t have any actual competitors on the market. The Caterham Seven is closest car available, but only because this roadster has been in production with a similar design since 1973 and still retains the original form of its predecessor, the Lotus Seven, launched back in 1957. While both have roadster layouts, there are two major things setting them apart. For starters, the Seven is much lighter, with almost all versions tipping the scales at less than 800 kg (1,764 pounds), whereas the Morgan weighs in at 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds). Second, the Seven is not available with a V-8, as the entire lineup is powered by either three- or four-cylinder engines. The Seven is also significantly more affordable, starting from only £17,495 in entry-level guise. For Morgan Plus 8 money, you can actually buy the range-topping 620R model. And this Seven comes with tremendous performance. Motivated by a supercharged, 2.0-liter Ford engine, it comes with 310 horsepower on tap and sprints to 60 mph in a scant 2.79 seconds. That’s supercar performance right there. Pricing for this variant starts from £51,990, a relative bargain compared to what the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition is expected to cost. But unlike the Morgan, the 620R is more of a track car, so it’s not as comfortable on the road and you’ll have to settle with not having actual doors.

Read our full review of the Caterham Seven 620R.

Conclusion


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With a little more than 6,000 units built since 1968, the Plus 8 is far from being a popular car when compared to other nameplates. However, 6,000 examples is a pretty big number for a small automaker like Morgan. The 50th Anniversary Edition is definitely a niche vehicle that won’t appeal to the general public, but it should prove to be popular with car collectors in the United Kingdom. If you’re a big fan of the Plus 8 and never managed to buy one, you need to act fast as this is the best chance to own a piece of Morgan history.

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    • * Too dated?

References


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Read our full review on the 2012 Morgan Plus 8.


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PostHeaderIcon Vilner Morgan Plus 8 Interior Package Revealed

Vilner Morgan Plus 8-0

To those with a good knowledge of what’s going on in the world of exotic car tuning, the name Vilner is synonymous with the finest interior work in the business. The Bulgarian firm has already proven itself many times, and now they do it again for good measure with the Vilner Morgan Plus 8.

What they’ve done here is take in a normal Plus 8 which is famous for many things – such as driving pleasure, wooden chassis, good engine, but not a very good interior – and fit it with a elements inside the cabin that would feel right at home inside a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce.

Vilner Morgan Plus 8 features a hefty amount of brown leather with contrast stitching on pretty much any surface that you can feel or touch. The only exceptions are the floor, which is black Alcantara, and the dashboard which is made from thick wood. Meanwhile all the dials and gages have received a nice chrome treatment to complement their traditional white faces.

Vilner Morgan Plus 8 is a 2003 model powered by a 200 horsepower V8 engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. These cars are famous for having wooden chassis that rot easily, so here’s hoping this one’s in good order.

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The post Vilner Morgan Plus 8 Interior Package Revealed appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon XCAR Reviews Morgan Plus 8 Speedster: Video

Morgan is very much a unique car company: it makes cars you either love or hate. The folks at XCar are definitely in the love-it camp, and in this video, they not only say it, but also show it by taking a roofless model out for a test drive in January. That’s something you’re likely to do only if you really love a car. This enthusiasm is understandable though, especially given the fact that this is one of only 60 units of the Plus 8 Speedster that Morgan will build.

The car is special edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company, which is still family owned after a century of operation. It manages this by having its niche more or less all to itself, building cars by hand that have the appearance of machines from the 1930s. It’s an odd approach, but it has clearly worked for them, and the cars have a definite charm to them. It might be strange to feel nostalgic for a time you probably weren’t alive for, but Morgan can make sure that you at least have fun doing it.

XCAR Reviews Morgan Plus 8 Speedster: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:00 EST.

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