Lot 212 - 1977 Morgan Plus 8
|Odometer reading||66,236 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £34,000|
- 284bhp fast road engine
- Re-trimmed interior by ex-Morgan employee in 2021
- Excellent original condition
The Morgan Plus 8 began production in 1968 and continued all the way through until 2004. The iconic Plus 8 returned in 2012 for a further six years, ending production again in 2018. Its iconic design remained largely unchanged throughout its life, lightweight construction, and powerful V8 engine. The Plus 8 is built on a steel chassis with a handcrafted aluminium body and Morgan’s famous ash wooden frame. The Plus 8 is powered by the tried and tested 3.5 litre Rover V8 engine, which provides exhilarating acceleration, aided further by the immensely low weight of around 830kg. It also features a five-speed manual transmission.
This particular example presents beautifully in dark green with a beige leather interior. The interior looks amazing, having been retrimmed in 2021 at the cost of £4,100 by an ex-Morgan employee, who completed the work exactly how it would have been done by Morgan themselves. The bodywork looks equally as impressive, it isn’t freshly painted to concours standard, but it certainly doesn’t require any attention. The car is supplied with full weather gear, including side screens, tonneau cover and hood.
The engine is where the magic happens on this example, having been fitted with Viper fast road camshafts, Rhoades lifters, gas flowed heads, Hedman manifolds and four-barrel Holley carburettor. Our vendor reports this car is very fast and would make an excellent hill climb or sprint car, whilst remaining very useable on the road. The car was dyno tested at 284bhp, offering a strong improvement over the original engine. The car comes with a good amount of paperwork with a detailed handwritten record of works carried out between 2003 and 2011 and a strong amount of invoices detailing various works carried out over the years.
Our vendor confesses he is a ‘tinkerer’ who enjoys having a project on the go, so is selling his beloved Morgan mainly to free up some space in his workshop. Having owed various classic cars over the years, he admits he enjoys restoring them but possibly doesn’t give them the use they deserve. This is a fantastic example of the mighty V8 powered Morgan, which presents great value for money when compared with its rivals of the day.
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