Morgan Plus 4: Morgan Magic

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Morgan Plus 4

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The Morgan Plus 4 offers all the of a 1940s roadster with the and performance of a modern car

The Morgan Company is a rare entity in hi-tech, ever-changing car industry – a car that clings tightly to its

Despite some recent to modern technology, a new Morgan today bears more a passing resemblance to the first Moggie, the 4/4 model, that was 75 years ago.

Pull the front carpet in the Plus 4, for and you’ll reveal the same ash frame mounted on a steel that has provided the backbone for cars for decades.

Underneath long, louvred bonnet is the sliding pillar suspension has given Morgans their front end feel for the last 100

In a world of often predictable, sports cars, the two-seater 4, with its running boards, wire wheels and classy interior, simply oozes worlde charm.

It provides all the seat-of-the-pants thrills make classic roadsters so together with enough features to appease today’s buyers.

Raise those aluminium side bonnet for example, and instead of a spluttering donk, sits Ford’s Duratec 2.0-litre, four-cylinder matched to a short-throw Mazda manual transmission.

Amongst the painted dash, with its white-on-black instruments, you’ll rock solid switchgear, windscreen, even an optional sound system.

Side bars in the doors are one of the concessions to safety rules, but the doors are cut low enough to allow the classic driving position.

Purists be pleased to know that the 4 is yet to receive such modern as airbags, wind-up windows or steering; air-conditioning was reluctantly as an option a few years ago.

of the wall-to-wall plastics of modern there’s more hand-crafted metal bits and gleaming than an Italian espresso And like a Milan catwalk it’s picture perfect every angle.

Our Plus 4 came with a soft-top and side curtains, but top on a sunny day is the only way to experience a

The fun starts from the moment you try and into the invitingly cosy particularly if you’re over tall. Left leg first, by … and right leg, all the trying to prevent a pulled

The one saving grace is the deep although there’s no room for a footrest. At least the accordian-style pedal looks the part, and close enough to the brake for some authentic heel-toe

The Plus 4 is just over metres long, but seems behind the wheel, as you sit just in of the rear axle, low down in sports buckets, and peer the curvaceous hood through the windscreen.

The straight leg/bent seatback position required for my frame isn’t ideal, but any is soon forgotten once we hit the

The Plus 4 may appear old-fashioned, but no slouch on the road. Combine weight with 106kW and of torque, and its straightline performance is to many modern sports The 0-100km/h sprint takes a 7.5 seconds and top speed is 189km/h.

But driving the Plus 4 is less outright speed and more driver involvement, and feeling to the elements. Freeway driving the side curtains in place is but tolerable; removing the side is like putting your out the window of a plane.

Adding to the is your position close to the – you can literally reach out and touch the and cars tower over you as whiz by in a whirl of tyre and flicking debris.

Hit some roads and the direct, non-assisted, and roller steering loads up especially in tighter corners, you need to wrestle the wheel to the car on line. Low-speed three-point require plenty of muscle too but it all considerably on faster flowing

Although the archaic sliding sprung suspension transmits ripple and bump in the road, and the Morgan to bounce and skip on rough surfaces, it never uncomfortable, thanks to well-padded and tyres with decent running 22psi maximum

You need to get on the disc/drum brakes – and hard – but that’s not necessarily a bad as it encourages you to adopt the correct ‘in fast out’ technique discarded in modern, grippy with their forgiving nannies.

While offering grunt, our only complaint of the 2.0-litre engine is the lack of an rorty note. For more excitement, you’ll need to more on a V6 or V8-engined Morgan, or fit an factory sports exhaust. that or settle for an older with a raspy twin cam engine.

But the sanitised powerplant is the real letdown of a nostalgic guaranteed to put smile on your even when rolling out the

In the short time we had behind the of the Plus 4 it felt as solid and as an MX-5, while modern should make it as reliable. The timber frame and galvanised means wood rot and rust also be things of the past.

There’s still no boot and only enough room the seats for a couple of small so you’ll need to travel on that weekend escape.

from $89,910, the Plus 4 is as as it is impractical, particularly when you a few of the tasty options like trim and wire wheels.

But for who want to rekindle their or simply enjoy some of the motoring pleasures of a bygone in something that won’t you stranded in a puddle of leaking it fits the bill.

QUICK

What’s the fastest growing brand in Australia? And which has the continuous-selling model?

Cluey car will know the answer to these questions is Morgan, the British manufacturer that celebrated its 100th anniversary in

Morgan Cars Australia 20 cars in 2011, a four-fold on the previous year. While a ripple in a new car market that up over one million sales, it highlight the growing number of baby boomers wanting to the past in a classic roadster changed little since the

The Morgan Motor Company in 1910 building three-wheeled but it wasn’t until 1936 it its first ‘real’ car, the 4-4 engine, four wheels).

then, not a lot has changed. The grandson of H.F.S Morgan, now runs the business, while dedicated continue to hand-build a few hundred a year at the Malvern Hills each car taking around weeks with many of the painstakingly created in-house.

days, Morgan offers a of more modern cars its traditional roadster range, now kicks of at $68,000 for the 1.6-litre Then there’s the soon-to-be modern version of the iconic three-wheeler – the vehicle that it all.

Price: $106,931 (as

Body: two-door roadster

front eng, rear

Engine: Ford 2.0-litre

Power/torque: 106kW/187Nm

Brakes:

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