An island of constancy in an automotive sea of change, the Morgan Motor Company looks set to continue building its unique Vintage-style cars well into the 21st Century. Indeed, the Morgan 4/4 is the world's longest running production vehicle, today's version being recognisably the same car as its 1936 forebear and none the worse for that as the ever-lengthy waiting list would seem to confirm. After formative years spent in the drawing office of the Great Western Railway, engineer H F S Morgan progressed to automobile manufacture, showing his first three-wheeled car at Olympia in 1910. The first four-wheeled, four-seater Morgan appeared in 1936 powered by Coventry Climax's 1,122cc, four-cylinder, inlet-over-exhaust engine. Two years later a special Climax-engined sports model competed at Le Mans, qualifying for the Biennial Cup. A special Standard 1,267cc overhead-valve four-cylinder engine was introduced for the 1939 season and would continue to power the 4/4 model to 1950. Reintroduced with Ford 100E power in 1955 after a five-year hiatus, the 4/4 was regularly updated with more modern engines and currently is powered by the 1.6-litre Ford Sigma unit.
One of only 900-or-so of its type built pre-war, this historic early 4/4 was acquired by Stanley Thorpe on 1st September 1985. The accompanying old-style continuation logbook (issued March 1960) lists seven owners, the last of whom, Douglas Mackenzie Munro of Walton, West Yorkshire, acquired the Morgan in 1978 and is recorded as previous owner on the accompanying (copy) V5 document. A change of colour from ivory to green is noted. There is correspondence on file concerning the car's restoration which, sadly, Stanley never finished, together with original instruction books, a workshop manual, copy technical drawings, miscellaneous technical data, a road test reprint and numerous invoices. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this potentially most rewarding project comes with Swansea V5C document. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to this Lot's completeness or otherwise prior to bidding.