1977 Morgan Plus 833,000-38,000 GBP - Estimate

Morgan Plus 8

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Introduced in 1968, the Plus 8 became such an instant hit and enduring success that it not only provided the bedrock on which Morgan could build for the future, but quite possibly saved the company at a difficult time in its long history. Searching for new engines, Morgan concluded a deal with Rover for supply of its all aluminium 3.5 litre V8, thus creating a car that combined vintage charm with Cobra-like 'grunt' - the Plus 8. Morgan's Plus 4 chassis, strengthened and extended, formed the basis of the new car, while the existing Moss four-speed gearbox was also retained. After a successful debut at the 1968 London Motor Show, production commenced at the rate of around 15 cars per month. While the traditionally styled Morgan's brick-like aerodynamics restricted top speed to around 125mph (more than fast enough for most people driving an open car) the Rover V8's 168bhp made for supercar league performance through the gears. The Morgan Plus 8 was very popular and remained in production for 36 years.
Originally registered on 21st March 1977, this Morgan has been owned by the vendor for the last 32 years. In 1987 the car was restored at The Morgan Motor Factory which included a new aluminium body, wings and frame. In 1993 the engine was rebuilt by Techniques Morgan to 4.1 litre ‘blueprint’ fast road specification, an oil cooler and Kenlowe fan were also fitted together with a Harpers SS tuned exhaust system. The brakes have been upgraded as have the shock absorbers, new 15” alloy wheels have been fitted, along with a number of additional subtle improvements. This is a Morgan that certainly travels with alacrity. During his stewardship, the vendor has spent long periods working overseas which accounts for the low mileage; however the car has been professionally stored in his absence. Presenting in very good order, this Morgan is supplied with a hardtop, V5C registration document and a good history folder, together with a number of spare parts and the original 14” wheels and tyres. Without doubt this is an interesting Plus 8 that offers performance and handling second to none.
Photographs courtesy of Luke Papworth from Hampshire Photography]]

Reference Number 647017

as of 4/14/2021

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Lot 101562

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Overview
Car 1977 Morgan Plus 8
VIN R8209 
Registration UPP 425R 
Mileage 26,298 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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