Harry Gaunt’s 1956 Morgan Plus 4 Racecar, Number 1

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Morgan Plus 4

Harry Gaunt’s 1956 Plus 4 Racecar

Owner: Gaunt

City: Indianapolis,

Model: 1956 Morgan 4

Engine: Triumph TR2 2170cc

Race prepared by: owner

Plus 4: from Introduction the 1950s

Morgan introduced Plus 4 model at the Earl’s Motor Show in October Although it looked like the familiar 4/4 model, the new Plus 4 was two inches wider at the doors, six wider at the firewall, and two inches for more driver legroom. the 4/4 the new Plus 4 was offered as a two-seater, a or as a drophead coupe (i.e. a seat convertible with rear seat headroom and luggage space in the trunk).

Plus 4 styling features through the 1950s. Specifically, a of radiator grilles and headlight were tried, but generally the 4 retained a pre-war appearance.

The 4 was both more powerful and riding than its predecessors. The Motor Company still build its own engines. For the Plus 4 only offered Standard Company produced engines, the 4/4 model continued in production for years with Ford

Shortly before the start of 4 production, Standard consolidated engine production to a single Consequently, the Plus 4 was introduced the 2088cc Standard Vanguard rated 68 brake horsepower at 788 Morgan Plus 4s were with Vanguard engines.

The 4’s front suspension was riding than its predecessor due to a in geometry. The sliding pillars simply angled slightly at the top, which made for longer and softer coil One quirky new feature was a foot-operated by which the driver could engine oil to the sliding pillar

Lubricating these bushings was because earlier Morgan suspensions characteristically suffered and binding issues, which handling and ride quality. The 4 also featured Girling front shock absorbers and Girling lever-arm rear absorbers. Brakes were operated and nine inch brakes were fitted all

When Standard’s engine was extended to support that Triumph sports car division, was happy to update their accordingly. The new 1991cc Triumph TR2 was rated 90 brake horsepower at

Morgan Plus 4

Harry Gaunt’s Plus 4 is one of 338 produced with the Triumph TR2 which was first offered to in mid-1954. Technically the TR2 engine was from Morgan through 1958, but in fact it was made through concurrent availability of the more powerful Triumph TR3 1795 TR3-powered Plus 4s built between March and February 1964. Similarly, gradually phased in Triumph’s TR4 in the early sixties.

The sixties also brought the Plus 4 Super Sports but that’s well outside the of this article.

Harry 1956 Morgan Plus 4

Gaunt bought his Morgan 4 new in 1956, and he began racing it away. He competed in Sports Car of America races in 1956, and 1958.

In the early 1980s, decided to restore his old racecar and to it in vintage racing events. He has it frequently since 1983, and has taken the Morgan on two trips to where he raced at the N#252;rburgring in and at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. 1956, Harry has completed 105 in his trusty Morgan race

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