Lot 136 - 1953 Morgan Plus 4

Lot 136 - 1953 Morgan Plus 4

Lot 136 - 1953 Morgan Plus 4

Lot Number 136
Registration RMA 491
Chassis Number P2527
Engine Number V3956F3
Odometer reading 12,151 miles
Estimate £17,000 - £22,000

The Morgan Plus 4 was the Morgan Motor Company's first car with four wheels, introduced in 1936 following the end of production of the famed three wheeled motorcycle engine model. In 1950, the new Plus 4 appeared, with a 2,088cc Standard (later Triumph) engine producing 68bhp and delivering an 85mph top speed. The Plus 4 also featured a stiffer frame, improved front suspension, and Girling hydraulic brakes. Three body styles were offered: the two-seater, the four-seater, and the drophead coupé. Always a popular choice for sports car enthusiasts across the globe, the combination of the typically British 1930's styling with its flowing wings, modern performance and reliability have ensured the Morgan is as popular today as it ever has been.

We are delighted to offer this classic Morgan Plus Four which is finished in Old English White over a black leather interior. First registered in 1953, it is believed the car started its life as a flat-radiator Plus 4, two-seater roadster before being returned to the factory to be converted to the round nose design it wears today. The car is fitted with the Triumph TR2 four-cylinder engine and Moss four-speed gearbox. The current owner acquired the car in 2011 and is its fourth owner from new. Having previously competed on several occasions at Etretat Hill Climb, RMA 491 enjoyed further light competition at the Frazer Nash Driving Test but was predominantly enjoyed as a summer pub car. In 2017, over £5,000 was spent with DES Engineering of Droitwich Spa doing a general overhaul of the car which involved the removal of the engine, gearbox, bulkhead and all front end bodywork. Since then, the Morgan has remained in dry storage. Having not seen regular use for some time, the Morgan has emerged from storage and was recently serviced. Its classically styled two-seater body, with its cut-down, rear-hinged doors, is backed by a slab-style gas tank and twin spares. The original steel disc wheels are painted cream with correct chromed Morgan hubcaps and overall, the car has a charming appeal and despite the fact the vendor notes that the paintwork is showing some deterioration. This Morgan remains very presentable some 60 years after it rolled off the production line.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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