“Ol’ Petrol Head” writes from England:
“From Mike the Morgan owner. His outing last Sunday to Burton Bradstock, along the coast. There’s a ‘famous’ shack ‘The Hive’ on the beach selling fish & chips. The main attraction I guess. According to him there were 103 like minded Morgans on a jolly.
Think of a collective noun? Old Fartz? But I’m afraid MG owners are no better & more plentiful!”
The Morgan Motor Company was founded early in the 20th century in Malvern, Worchestershire, England when H.F.S. Morgan built a three-wheel cycle car. Rather than having the single wheel at the front, he placed the single wheel at the rear, having found this arrangement made the vehicle more stable. The initial cycle car was built in 1909. Several friends wanted Morgan to build one for them and thus one of the most iconic motor works got its start.
In many ways, Morgan cars are anachronisms. They are not built on an assembly line. Most of them still use ash wood in the construction of their bodies. They are moved from one assembly area to the next through a series of inter-connected workshops that flow downhill, until at last, a finished Morgan rolls out the door. Some 160 craftsmen hand build about 1,300 cars a year.
In 1936, the company introduced the 4/4 model, its first 4 wheel vehicle. The name signifies “4 wheels and 4 cylinders.” The 4/4 remains in production today and is thus the world’s longest-running production series automobile.
The 3-wheeler was dropped in 1952, but a modern version was launched in 2011 and is still available.
The +4 was introduced in 1950 as a larger-engined version of the 4/4. When the ex-Buick aluminum V-8 tooling was sold to Rover, Morgan introduced the +8 powered by that fine little V-8. The +8 remains in production, now powered by a BMW V-8.
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