Morgan 4/4

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Morgan 4/4

(May 2005)

It may not be thing on the road but when it to automotive fun, a Morgan 4/4 transport you into the pleasure like no other car


For more than 30 years in throughout the world, small, businesses have eked an producing replicas of traditional cars. However, for 95 years in a English village called there has existed a company thrives on building brand-new in the style that others tried with mixed to duplicate.

The Morgan Motor was founded in 1910 and for 25 years by building affordable, occasionally three-wheeled cyclecars. In 1936 and as escaped the grasp of the Great Morgan built its first model; the 4/4 with upright separate mudguards, cutaway and slab fuel tank. by a 1.3-litre Standard engine, it was an car that looked strikingly to most other sports of its time.

During the 1950s, as manufacturers adopted sinuous, all shapes, Morgan’s sole to modernity was the adoption in 1953 of a grille and integrated headlamps. The that had neither the will nor the to produce a modern design doggedly to what it knew; yet the order books were

Morgan has always looked to for its mechanical components, ensuring of engine supply and servicing From 1950-68, Standard power units for Morgan’s 4 model. From 1955, the 4/4 reappeared with power by an 1172cc Ford engine. By Ford was still supplying for this model but the preferred unit was by then a crossflow Kent engine developing

Later models came a variety of engines; variously by Ford, Vauxhall, Rover-Honda and Fiat.

Construction followed sports car practice; a simple chassis supporting a timber to which steel – or aluminium – panels affixed. Most Morgans two seats but four-seat bodywork was to Plus 4 buyers from and in 4/4 guise after 1967. A V8-powered Plus 8 was introduced in

Time-trapped along with the was Morgan’s unique sliding front suspension – a king-pin controlled by coil – that remains a of the car’s design.

Disc brakes replaced drums the 1960s and in the ’70s alloy supplemented traditional drilled-steel or items.

The 1960s-80s brought and peril to the international sports car and Morgan was not immune. Sales the US market were suspended for years until the cars be modified to qualify for registration in a few US Even in its home market had to battle for survival against MGBs and the faster Triumph

During 1970 a bright 4/4 left the Malvern factory for the garage of its first British A decade later, having a major rear end repair and it made its way to Australia and shortly into the ownership of the Devine in Melbourne.

It was pretty sad when we got it, the car’s owner of more 20 years, Mike Devine. My drove it daily for six years but the had suffered from the UK weather so I had one made locally.

The Devine is unusual in having all but its bonnet and made from aluminium, so hasn’t presented a major Steel-bodied cars are a different and those that have more than a few years on UK can need comprehensive repairs.

All the are available from the factory but just as easy to have made and fitted here, advises. The mechanical parts are and supremely simple and everything for early diff centres is to find.

The face of and philosophy of the brand has altered only during recent years. with European safety and rules has seen a move to 1.8-litre engines, with a V6 now optional.


It is around 25 since I slid beneath the steering wheel of a four-cylinder and yet the images remain clearly Must be that time-warp

The most memorable aspect of the experience is the multitude of sounds. At up there’s the slurping sound of air hungry cylinders and the wonderful exhaust just millimetres the timber cabin floor. The car I was, like Mike a Cortina-powered 4/4 with the easily Ford four-speed gearbox.

The difference between a well-maintained and something like an MG T Series is the and feeling of structural integrity. The end still bangs and crashes on surfaces but the broad and well-padded help insulate occupants. rattles should be minimal in a tight car.

Steering is unassisted and loads up noticeably in turns.

The view forward early cars is vintage in and but that changed during the 1960s when a modernized was introduced. Many owners raise the roof so it’s a idea to check for seized and tears to the vinyl. A test with the side screens in can be worthwhile as the cockpit, with all its gear in place, can be claustrophobic.

from any of the four-cylinder ‘Moggy’ won’t be earth-shattering but most level-peg an MGB in straight line Acceleration from 0-100km/h in a car should take 10.6 with top speed close to

The sliding pillar suspension is a and a bane all in one. When in top it delivers smart steering and decent ride quality, but wear quickly if not constantly

Mike Devine recommends the cabin-mounted control and using wheel bearing grease 500km.

Excluding a couple of cubbyholes and the sliver of space the seats, luggage capacity of versions is zero and the reason why Morgans have a luggage mounted above the spare Four-seat cars provide accommodation and plentiful storage for touring.

Underbonnet adjustments for dexterity thanks to the centrally-hinged but for more serious work, one or sections are easily removed.

Limited availability is the bane of enthusiasts. New cars have been wait-listed and even Morgans will attract a of willing suitors providing are in sound condition and realistically

Contact with the Morgan Club is an obvious starting yet even its informative website only a couple of possible

Local values for decently two-seat 4/4 models begin in the and should top $40,000 if the car is in excellent Four-seat models are likely to add 10 per to those numbers.

Morgan 4/4

Looking provides a greatly enhanced of cars but increased risks. examples on the UK market will $25,000 and even with and GST added can be landed for less the cost of a local-market car. make sure they been bodged – Devine found a rusted member on his car packed with


These are going to generate 75 per cent of the and 90 per cent of the expense relating to ownership. Timberwork faults are an that may well require the of a specialist as most of the ash framing is beneath the body cladding. vulnerable are the timber rockers the doors that can be inspected beneath for rot.

Cracking the body and rear mudguards and rust to the chassis cross-members are danger signals. Be especially if a car spent some time in the Hemisphere before arriving in


Morgans several proprietary powerplants all of them generally robust and Parts for early TR engines are scarce and becoming expensive, but the problems don’t apply to recent Ford and Vauxhall-powered Smoke from the exhaust and at start-up indicate a rebuild is due but if are a car’s only significant it’s still worth

Early Salisbury-type differentials are scarce but can be replaced – at expense – with the BTR unit.


Thumps, and rattles from the front of a indicate someone hasn’t taking care of their pillars. Without regular the unique Morgan suspension can and wear quickly. Even proper maintenance they around 20,000km.

Mike recommends replacing nylon bushes with bronze. The Gemmer steering box is lighter to use and can be fitted if the original is worn. splined hubs on wire-wheeled for wear by jacking up each of the vehicle; applying the brakes and each wheel to check movement.

INTERIOR ELECTRICAL: or vinyl trim were available from new, so to authentic standards is easy. floor covering is less than carpet to rot adjacent Dash switches fitted to cars can literally fall and will need to be found


Morgan 4/4

(1954-82) 4/4: 4780 Plus 4: 3743

BODY: roadster with separate chassis, wood-framed steel or body

ENGINE: 1.6-litre, valve four-cylinder with Weber carburettor

POWER 61kW @ 5200rpm, 124Nm @

SUSPENSION: Front – pillar uprights with springs and telescopic shock Rear – live semi-elliptic springs, lever shock absorbers

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