1967 Morgan Plus 4 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead CoupeSOLD

Christie's Retromobile Paris Auction - February, 16 & 17th, 2007

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Estimate 25,000 - 35,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 23,500 Euros

Dove Grey with Black wings and black top

Engine: 104hp, 2,138cc pushrod overhead valve inline four-cylinder, dual Stromberg carburetors; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front, sliding pillar independent with coil springs, rear, live axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs; Brakes: front disc/rear drum. Left hand drive.

Model history:

Morgan has never followed convention. Thus it is not surprising that Morgan, the committed builder of hand-crafted open cars, would call its rollup window, soft top, three-position convertible a "coupe", a body style most enthusiasts would recognize instantly by the name "Drophead Coupé".

At Malvern Link history has been honored and evolution has progressed at a more measured, considered, pace than elsewhere in the motor industry. Some consider Morgans to be anachronisms. Others cherish them as the sole marque wise enough to continue building automobiles that embody classic sports car attributes. They appreciate that Morgan is so good at what it does - so true to the spirit of classic sports cars - that it has succeeded, and indeed thrived, in the face of the conventional wisdom.

The Plus 4 was introduced at the 1950 London Motor Show as a more powerful alternative to the four-wheel Morgan 4/4 which had been in production since 1936. The Plus 4 would become Morgan's most successful and best known model but at the time its introduction was impelled by expediency: the need to replace the 4/4's 1,267cc Standard Special overhead valve engine when it was taken out of production. Fortunately, Standard Triumph had a suitable, and much more powerful alternative, the 2,088cc, 68 horsepower Standard Vanguard engine. It, in turn, was replaced by the 2-litre Triumph TR2 engine in 1954, beginning a long-running series of Triumph powered Morgans that was to continue into 1969.

Widely recognized by collectors and appreciated for their honest 100+ mph performance the ultimate Morgan Plus 4s are the 104 horsepower TR4A-engined examples built from 1966. The Coupé bodied examples such as the one offered here have the additional advantage of comfortable, secure touring in all weather conditions while retaining the sporting elegance of Morgan's classic two-seat body style, enhanced from 1966 on by adopting the lower "Super Sports" body line.

Combining excellent road holding, superior performance, classic style, comfortable accommodations and reliability with the quickness, spirit and responsiveness of Morgan's proven, highly developed design and light weight, the Morgan Plus 4 Coupé vividly demonstrates the validity and success of Morgan's design and business philosophy.

Specific history of this car:

Chassis 6450, a rare Plus 4 drophead coupe was delivered new to Los Angeles California dealer Sutton and Pflug, on March 9th 1967 in left hand drive configuration and bearing the same colour combination as today. This is confirmed in the extracts of a fax from the Morgan Motor Company, dated August 26th 1997. The car was acquired by the current owner in 2002 from Mr. Bruce Little who had purchased the car in September 1998 for USD21,000. Since then he spent approximately another USD10,000 on refurbishing the car into being what he called in his own words 'a driver, not a show car'. Indeed it was to become his daily driver between 2000 and 2002 having been regularly maintained throughout this period. The car was subsequently sold by Mr. Little in order to finance a new boat project he had embarked on at the time.

Currently in good mechanical order the Morgan would benefit from minor attention to detail, however the black wings recently received a respray and the original black leather upholstery a treatment with hide food. When inspected by a Christie's specialist the car started immediately and the Moss box selected the desired gears faultlessly. According to the current owner the car performs very well on the open road and has always been reliable. These body styles on Morgans were rare when new with a mere 102 examples believed to have left the works. With a little tender loving care for its cosmetics this particular original left hand drive example would make for a very desirable and competitive entry in historic rallies or marque club events this Spring.

Reference Number 6932

as of 2/1/2007

Overview
Car 1967 Morgan Plus 4 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe
VIN 6450 
Exterior / Interior Color      Grey 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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