1961 Morgan
Lot 326
Formerly the property of the Vought family,1960 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster Chassis no. 4669 (see text) Engine no. TS79545ME
Sold for £58,620 (US$ 98,064) inc. premium
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Lot Details
Formerly the property of the Vought family
1960 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster
Registration no. 801 YUG
Chassis no. 4669 (see text)
Engine no. TS79545ME

Footnotes

  • An example of one of the most desirable post-war Morgans, '801 YUG' has the 'high-line' bodywork standard prior to the introduction of the 'low-line' style in 1966. This left-hand drive car - chassis number '4669', engine number 'TS79545ME' – left the factory on 2nd November 1960 and was delivered to Fergus Fine Cars Inc in the USA, where it was registered using Fergus' import tag '22831' as its identification number. While in the United States the Morgan passed into the ownership of the Vought family, whose most famous member, Charles M Vought (1890-1930), had founded the eponymous aircraft-manufacturing company in 1917. The Vought company's first aircraft - the VE-7 Bluebird - proved an immediate success, paving the way for future memorable designs such as the O2U Corsair in 1926. The latter's introduction marked Vought's first use of the evocative Corsair name, which later would grace one of the most successful fighter aircraft of WW2, the gull-winged Chance Vought Corsair F4U, which is widely credited with winning the air war in the Pacific. For his lifelong contribution to aviation, Chance M Vought was posthumously inducted into the United States' National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1989.
    While in the Vought family's ownership the Morgan was totally restored to Super Sports specification as part of a six-figure rebuild, which included repainting in the Navy Blue and yellow colour scheme most often associated with the Corsair fighter. (A Corsair finished in this same livery forms part of the Duxford Museum collection). Completed some 9,074 miles ago, the work was carried out by a pair of award-winning Morgan specialists: Morgan Motors of New England (mechanicals)
    and Body Unlimited (bodywork and paint). New parts used included a factory
    supplied chassis and body tub complete with ash frame. The engine specification
    includes twin Weber 45DCOE carburettors; jet coated headers; full stainless steel
    exhaust including four branch manifold; correct Super Sports cooling system with
    brass header tank; finned alloy sump; oil cooler and polished alloy rocker cover. All the Super Sports engine internals have been fully overhauled and balanced. The interior is trimmed in blue hide and the car comes with both hood and tonneau in mohair. Other noteworthy features include new Continental tyres on competition 60-spoke wire wheels; a full windscreen; amber Lucas driving lamps; Pertronix electronic ignition; stainless steel bonnet prop and scuttle mirror; Tri-bar headlamps; Heuer rally timers and restored early cream instruments.
    Following the restoration, the Morgan was serviced by the New England dealer
    and there is a detailed bill on file for $9,574 for the 120 hours spent prior to the vendor purchasing the car, since when it has covered fewer than 300 miles. This stunning classic is offered with original US title document; dealer and Morgan Motor
    Company correspondence; current road fund licence; MoT to June 2012; Swansea V5C registration document and Chance M Vought history.
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