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Audacious under-bonnet are a time-honoured British tradition. are uplifting yarns woven Buick’s V8 suddenly appearing in a Rover, about Cosworth’s BDA up the humble Ford Escort car, and Ford’s small-block V8 the pretty AC Cobra into a monster.

The Morgan Plus 8 is case in point, of course, but tweedy tearaways at Malvern got into hot-rodding a whole lot than that.

Phrases ‘a recipe that is startling’ and ‘remarkable acceleration and a cruising speed’ (from The magazine) are not readily identifiable the earliest four-cylinder, four-wheeled they tended to be more pootle than power. But was the critical reaction in 1951 to an transplant that created a for Morgan: a potent performance

Until this point, Coventry-Climax, Ford and Standard had provided what HFS Morgan sufficient urge for his sports but the Plus 4 of 1950 had a throaty of power on tap thanks to the shoehorning-in of the engine from the otherwise Standard Vanguard. It was the old boys’ in action, as HFS and Standard’s boss, Sir Black, had once been together on the former Great Railway.

But here also was a early example of how a small company, when cannily could outsmart the big guns.

must have witnessed the debacle for the Morris Minor, early cars sent to the USA found to be too feeble to tackle the of San Francisco, irrevocably damaging all prospects. If Morgan was going to cars in the USA and that was the only way to get of steel to make them then they had to be up to the job.

That’s why the Plus 4, with its to sprint from 0-60mph in believe it, hot stuff 70 years and tickle 85mph, not only had a chassis frame but was subtly and wider, better to accommodate the broader beam of the well-fed motorist. It’s also why a set of big Girling hydraulic brakes was

The Autocar, with music to ears, found that the 4 could easily cope a 16% gradient in top gear at 30mph. Worcestershire; tomorrow, the world!

almost. It wouldn’t be long other sports cars, the Austin-Healey 100 and Triumph TR2, render the Plus 4’s however manfully delivered, a vintage experience. As Bob Meakes, a devotee who knows everything is to know about taking an Plus 4 to pieces and putting it together, says: ‘It is the Morgan, but it’s very, crude engineering blacksmith

That’s what we all love it, of course: the archaic-ness! Remember, that the four-wheelers were optimised for 50:50 front:rear distribution. To do that, Morgan its own bellhousing to keep it balanced, so it matter really where you the engine.

The gearbox is the datum in the driveline.

‘The appeal of the really, was the flexibility of the engine. I that HFS thought it was a bit too big and powerful, but you can do everything in top gear, because it has so torque. And the Moss four-speed is a dream.

Well, sort of. it’s mastered, that

After the TR2-spec 2.0-litre arrived in 1953, with up by a third, and the elegant, more cowled frontage was in place, potential was unleashed. The most exponent of that was Chris who crowned an exalted racing at the wheel of Plus 4s with the of Morgan’s four-cylinder achievements: a win in the GT class at Le Mans in 1962 a car famously registered TOK 258. The were absolutely vital; not did the car average 94mph, never an unscheduled pit stop, and roar the finish line at 4pm on Sunday as the exhaust was fractured), but it also both to Le Mans and back

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During the rest of the 1960s, the sauntered along its gentle towards venerability rather vehemence, arrested only in when the Plus 8 burst the scene and the Plus 4 petered

There then followed a during which the Ford- and Rover-powered (Plus 8)Morgans if not chalk and cheese, then cheddar or fiercely ripe The third option of a rich and dolcelatte joined the cheeseboard in when Fiat power the Plus 4 name back out of the books.

Morgan folk, at the would have been suspicious of such a foreign Dave Philpott, the Fiat at the Morgan Sports Car Club, is in his admiration of Aurelio Lampredi’s twin-cam, while agreeing the perception lingers. ‘It’s a engine, and anyone who takes things to pieces can immediately it’s well engineered. Yet assumes that just Fiat cars fall to then so do the engines. But that’s not the at all.’

Indeed, he rates it as sweeter and more responsive the 2.0-litre Rover engines replaced it after Morgan’s dalliance. ‘The gearbox is a bit he adds which is where the Rover-powered Plus 4s score far ‘but it’s pretty

The Plus 4 was in abeyance once between 2000 and 2005. a long time for an iconic name to be absent but, the radical Aero 8 had established the Motor Company as officially An No Longer, there was the breathing to revisit the Plus 4. The first-ever Plus 4 was unveiled in 2004, as a ‘marriage of a reliable four-cylinder with plenty of torque and the values of a classic British car’.

We all savour the recent of things at Pickersleigh Road. also love how, the fast four-cylinder cars are as defiantly, wonderfully the same as they were.

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