Lot 217 - 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé

Lot 217 - 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé

Lot 217 - 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé

Lot Number 217
Registration 326 EPW
Chassis Number 4845
Engine Number TSA696FRE
Estimate £12,000 - £18,000
Result Sold - £14,784

The Morgan Motor Company was a famously family-owned company (until last year) founded in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan in Malvern, Worcestershire. The early cars were two-seat or four-seat three-wheelers with four-wheelers coming later in 1936. The first being the 4-4, four wheels and four cylinders. The Morgan +4 was introduced in 1950 as a larger-engined car and used the 2088cc Standard Vanguard engine. The +4 Drophead Coupé is the rarest of the different body styles offered by Morgan, a three-position drophead coupé or 'sedanca coupé'.

Acquired relatively recently, this rare Plus 4 is one of the highly collectable Rutherford cars. In 1980, it was bought into their workshops whereupon the 'David Rutherford' experience took place. This represented a general lightening of the car along with one or two performance upgrades. These included the addition of aluminium bonnet and door skins; fibreglass front wings, an oil cooler and telescopic dampers to the rear. At the same time, the chassis was replaced along with new bumpers. In the mid-eighties, the transmission was also overhauled along with the bell housing and clutch. More recently, the car was stripped to its constituent parts (wings off) and re-painted to its current British Racing Green colour. Complete with chromium side-screens, a full soft top and, of course, the Sedanca conversion, this highly collectable drophead Morgan requires little or no work just a warm weekend and a spirited driver.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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