1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E

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1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports
Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E

€ 35,000 - 45,000
US$ 37,000 - 47,000
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports
Chassis no. 1614
Engine no. Q949E
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-wheeler car at Olympia in 1910, coincidentally with an upsurge of interest in cyclecars. Of simple construction with front-mounted motorcycle engine and two-speed chain transmission, the Morgan was light, fast and economical to run. V-twin engines from a wide variety of manufacturers were employed, though those from J A Prestwich predominated. Competition from small sports cars forced the adoption of a conventional three-speeds-and-reverse gearbox in 1931, the last two-speed model leaving the factory the following year. A more refined version ¬- the F4, with 8hp Ford Model Y four-cylinder power unit - appeared soon after. In 1937 the F4 formed the basis of the first four-seater, four-wheeled (4/4) Morgan and the following year a special Coventry Climax-engined sports model competed at Le Mans, qualifying for the Biennial Cup. With supplies of Coventry Climax engines looking uncertain, Morgan turned to Standard, whose special 1,267cc overhead-valve four-cylinder engine was introduced for the 1939 season alongside a new 2+2 drophead coupé, and would continue to power the 4/4 up to 1950. The Standard-engined 4/4 continued to form the mainstay of production up to 1950 when it was superseded by the larger and more powerful Standard Vanguard-engined Plus 4.
This early post-war 4/4 was restored in the UK in 2006 and acquired for the collection in 2010. The car is offered with Spanish registration papers, old-style UK logbook and UK Swansea V5 document for the registration mark 'CVL 383'. Its last recorded owner in the UK is Anthony Haddock of Carlton Forest, Nottinghamshire, who acquired the Morgan in July 2002.

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, période de l’apparition de la notion de cyclecar, engin hybride entre moto et auto. D’une conception simple avec un moteur de moto installé à l’avant du châssis et une transmission comprenant deux chaînes attaquant l’unique roue arrière, la Morgan était légère, rapide et économique. Des moteurs V-twin de diverses provenances furent utilisés, la JAP de J. A. Prestwich étant le plus répandu. La concurrence des petites voitures de sport imposa l’adoption d’une boîte à trois rapports et marche arrière en 1931 et le dernier modèle à deux vitesses quitta l’usine l’année suivante. Une version plus raffinée, la F4 à moteur Ford modèle Y quatre cylindres 8hp apparut en 1937, point de départ des Morgan à quatre roues quatre places (4/4).
La F4 à trois roues disparut du catalogue après 1950 et un type sport à moteur Coventry Climax courut au Mans en 1938 en se qualifiant pour la Coupe Biennale. La fourniture des moteurs Coventry Climax risquant de devenir problématique, Morgan s’adressa à Standard dont le quatre cylindres à soupapes en tête Standard spécial de 1 267 cm3 introduit en 1939 en même temps qu’un cabriolet 2+2 équipa le modèle 4/4 jusqu’en 1950. La 4/4 à moteur Standard représenta l’essentiel de la production jusqu’en 1950 quand elle fit place à la Plus 4 dotée du moteur Standard Vanguard plus gros et plus puissant.
Ce type 4/4 de l’immédiat après-guerre a été restauré au Royaume-Uni en 2006 et acquis pour la collection en 2010. La voiture est proposée avec ses papiers espagnols, son ancien titre anglais (log book) et son document britannique actuel Swansea V5 portant le numéro « CVL 383 ». Le dernier propriétaire connu au Royaume-Uni est Anthony Haddock de Carlton Forest, Nottinghamshire, qui avait achetée la Morgan en juillet 2002.
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E
1947 Morgan 4/4 Sports  Chassis no. 1614 Engine no. Q949E
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