1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277

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1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. P2277

€ 28,000 - 36,000
US$ 29,000 - 38,000
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. P2277
Morgan's first four-seater, four-wheeled sports car - the Coventry Climax-engined 4/4 - appeared in 1937 and, updated with the Standard Ten engine, formed the mainstay of production up to 1950. With the 1,267cc Standard unit being phased out, Morgan needed another engine and eventually settled on that of the new Standard Vanguard, although at 2,088cc it was larger than company founder H F S Morgan had wanted initially. With 70% more power than the 4/4 courtesy of the Vanguard engine, it was felt that a change of name was justified for the new model; 'Plus 4' was chosen and an old advertising slogan resurrected - 'fastest at the price'.
The Plus 4 represented a major step forward in the evolution of the Morgan sports car. Although the traditional chassis layout was retained - what else would one expect from Morgan? – the frame did undergo extensive alteration, gaining in both wheelbase and track dimensions while being considerably strengthened. The centrally mounted Moss gearbox was carried over from the 4/4.
With supplies of the old flat-fronted radiator and separate headlamps coming to an end, Morgan opted for a front-end makeover in 1953, filling in the gap between wings and body with a sloping valance that incorporated the headlamps in a pair of cylindrical fairings. The radiator grille was cowled and gained a quarter-moon trim panel at the top, which carried the Morgan badge. A change in vehicle regulations soon forced Morgan to raise the headlights but the result remained dissatisfying and led to a further revision that saw the 'interim' radiator grille replaced by a curved design and the headlamps placed in teardrop-shaped housings atop the valance. The quintessential Morgan look had arrived.
This late 'flat rad' Plus 4 was restored in the UK and purchased for the collection in France in 2002. The car is offered with Spanish registration papers, a copy of the French Carte Grise and sundry invoices including one for a gearbox overhaul in January 2007.

La première Morgan quatre places quatre roues de sport – la 4/4 à moteur Coventry Climax – apparut en 1937 et, améliorée par le moteur Standard Ten, elle forma la base de la production jusqu’en 1950. Lorsque le moteur Standard 1,267 cm3 fut abandonné, Morgan dut trouver une autre motorisation et choisit donc le moteur Standard Vanguard dont la cylindrée de 2,088 cm3 semblait trop importante aux yeux du fondateur de la marque HFS Morgan. Avec un gain de puissance de 70 pour cent par rapport à la 4/4, on estima nécessaire un changement d’appellation pour le nouveau modèle : Plus 4 fut adoptée et l’ancien slogan « Plus rapide au même prix » ressuscité.
La Plus 4 représenta un pas en avant important dans l’évolution des Morgan de sport. Si la configuration traditionnelle était conservée – qu’attendre d’autre chez Morgan ? - le cadre fut néanmoins très modifié et les voie et empattement agrandis, outre un renforcement général. La boîte Moss montée au centre de la 4/4 fut conservée.
La fourniture des radiateurs plats et des projecteurs séparés devenant problématique, Morgan adopta en 1953 un nouvel avant en comblant le creux entre le capot et les ailes au moyen d‘une jupe intégrant les projecteurs das des carénages cylindriques. La calandre du radiateur fut aussi carénée en recevant à son sommet un élément en quartier de lune portant l’écusson Morgan. Un changement de réglementation obligea Morgan à surélever les phares, mais le résultat finalement insatisfaisant conduisit à une retouche supplémentaire qui remplaça la grille « intérimaire » par une modèle courbe et au repositionnement des phares dans des nacelles en goutte d’eau placées en haut de la jupe frontale. Ainsi naquit le visage désormais éternel des Morgan.
Cette tardive Plus 4 « flat rad » restaurée au Royaume-Uni fut achetée en France pour la collection en 2002. La voiture est offerte avec ses papiers espagnols, une copie de la carte grise française antérieure et de nombreuses factures dont une relative à la réfection de la boîte de vitesses datée de janvier 2007.
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1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. P2277
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