1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537
Lot 343
1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster Chassis no. 6537
Sold for £68,700 (US$ 108,354) inc. premium

Lot Details
1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 6537
1967 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster
Chassis no. 6537

Footnotes

  • A letter on file from the Morgan Sports Car Club states that chassis number '6537' is one of a rare model made between 1961 and 1968. It is number '86' of only 96 two-seater Super Sports built by the factory. In their book 'Original Morgan', John Worrall and Liz Turner state: 'The Super Sports model was originally constructed with the standard Plus 4 body style, but with a bonnet scoop. These were the original high-line models. Later, however, the Super Sports models featured the same low-line body as the original "Le Mans car".'

    Another important Super Sports feature was the Triumph TR engine, which was tuned by marque specialist Chris Lawrence to produce a healthy 120bhp, although it is well known that Chris could extract more from the TR engines. However, Morgan had to offer the Super Sport with a one-year warranty and it was for this reason, according to 'Original Morgan', that some of the Super Sports went to America un-tuned.

    Low-line chassis number '6537' left the factory on 26th June 1967 despatched to County Garage in Stranraer, Scotland. The car was first owned by a Mr James McHarrie. In the 1980s the Morgan went to the USA and in 1991 was advertised for sale as almost complete less the running gear. Its new owner registered the car in the State of Rhode Island on 28th August 2002 (see documentation on file).

    In 2006 the Morgan changed hands again, passing to a well-respected race-car collector in the State of Connecticut, who had a fresh, professionally built, 'Babydoll' (competition specification, though not full-race) TR4A engine installed. We are advised that the latter incorporates forged high-compression pistons, polished con-rods, fully balanced and gas-flowed cylinder head, ¾-race camshaft, tubular exhaust headers, Weber 42DCOE carburettors, electronic ignition, aluminium flywheel, finned alloy sump, etc. The owner also installed an up-rated Moss gearbox (number '4259 HR') that must have been produced on the same day as the original ('4268 HR').

    In 2010 the Morgan returned to England, becoming part of the vendor's collection. With the assistance of several well-known Morgan experts and concours judges, '6537' was carefully inspected. All body/frame numbers were found to match factory records, confirming that this is a genuine, low-line, lightweight Super Sports.

    Finished in British Racing Green with tan leather interior, this rare Super Sports has covered just over 1,000 miles since restoration and is described as 'very road friendly'. Taxed and MoT'd for 12 months, the car features 72-spoke wire wheels and comes complete with full weather equipment, full tonneau cover, period spotlights, badge bar (but not badges) and a chromed radiator guard (taken from the 2012 Super Sports model).

    The last of the vendor's important private collection of Morgans to be sold, it is offered with old US title documents, 'F' (1967) registration plate, before/after restoration and body-number photographs, Swansea V5C and a large file of correspondence and other documents, inspection of which is recommended. The current registration ('YOV 555', taken from a 1959 competition Morgan, sister-car to the famous racing Morgan 'XOV 555') is available if required via separate negotiation with the vendor.

Saleroom notices

  • Two Morgan Super Sports have for some years shared the same chassis number 6537. The vendor has confirmed with the Morgan Motor Company and the DVLA that the car is now identified as 6537A
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