1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775

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1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. 775

€ 25,000 - 35,000
US$ 26,000 - 37,000
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. 775
An island of constancy in an automotive sea of change, Morgan looks set to continue building its unique vintage-style cars well into the 21st Century. Indeed, today's 4/4 is 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-seater, four-wheeled Morgan appeared in 1937 and a special Coventry Climax-engined sports model competed at Le Mans in 1938, 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.
Re-introduced with Ford 100E power in 1955 after a five-year hiatus, the 4/4 was regularly up-dated with more modern power units, adopting Ford's 1,599cc 'Kent' pushrod engine in 1967, initially in either 74bhp or 88bhp 'Competition' forms, the latter being standardised from 1970. The chassis, with its sliding-pillar independent front suspension and leaf-sprung live rear axle, remained much as before and the 4/4 continued in this vein until the arrival of Ford's CVH engine for 1982.
One of only 58 of its type built pre-war, this 4/4 drophead coupé has the 2,088cc Standard Vanguard engine, a type fitted to the Plus 4 model during the 1950s. The car comes with a letter from the Morgan Motor Company stating that it was originally fitted with a Coventry Climax engine (number 'MA878') and finished in blue with black wings. It was despatched from the works to Snell's Motor House on 20th February 1939. Acquired in the UK in 1996, having already been restored there, the car is offered with Spanish registration documents and copy old-style UK logbook for the registration mark 'BDR 890', the last owners recorded therein being Paul & Linda Bednall of Walsall, West Midlands, who owned it during the 1980s.

Ilot de constance dans une mer d'incessants changements, Morgan semble paré pour poursuivre la construction de ses voitures style Vintage au cours du XXIe siècle. En vérité, la 4/4 d'aujourd'hui a toutes les apparences de son ancêtre de 1936 et pour le meilleur, car la liste d'attente qui s'allonge sans cesse ne fait que confirmer son succès. Après quelques années de formation au bureau d'études du Great Western Railway, l'ingénieur HFS Morgan aborda la construction automobile en exposant son premier trois-roues à l'Olympia (Londres) en 1910. La première Morgan quatre places quatre roues apparut en 1937 et un type sport à moteur Coventry Climax courut au mans en 1938 en se qualifiant pour la Coupe Biennale. Un moteur quatre cylindres à soupapes en tête Standard spécial de 1,267 cm3 introduit en 1939 équipa le modèle 4/4 jusqu'en 1950.
Réintroduit avec le moteur Ford 100 E en 1955 après une interruption de 5 ans, la 4/4 fut régulièrement perfectionnée en recevant des motorisations plus modernes jusqu'à l'adoption du Ford Kent de 1,599 cm3 à culbuteurs en 1967, au début en version « Compétition » de 74 ou 88 cv, cette dernière devenant standard à partir de 1970. Le châssis avec ses suspensions avant télescopiques indépendantes et son pont arrière oscillant à ressorts à lames ne changea pratiquement pas et la 4/4 poursuivit dans cette veine jusqu'à l'arrivée du moteur CVH de Ford en 1982.
Un des 58 exemplaires de ce type construits avant 1940, ce cabriolet 4/4 est équipé du moteur Standard Vanguard 2,088 cm3 installé sur le type Plus 4 des années 1950. La voiture est accompagnée d'une lettre de la Morgan Motor Company précisant qu'elle fut produite à l'origine avec un moteur Coventry Climax (n° MA878) et peinte en bleu avec ailes noir. Elle fut expédiée de l'usine à la Snell's Motor House le 20 février 1939. Achetée au Royaume-Uni en 1996, après avoir été restaurée, la voiture est proposée avec ses documents d'immatriculation espagnols et une copie de son ancien titre anglais (log book) portant le numéro d'immatriculation « BDR 890 ». Les derniers propriétaires britanniques connus sont Paul et Linda Bednall de Walsall, West Midlands, qui la possédaient dans les années 1980.
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1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
1939 Morgan 4/4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 775
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