1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796

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Lot 261
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports
Chassis no. 3796

€ 40,000 - 55,000
US$ 42,000 - 58,000
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports
Chassis no. 3796
Introduced in 1950, the Standard Vanguard-engined 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 underwent 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.
One unfortunate consequence of the 2,088cc Vanguard engine's adoption was the fact that it placed the Plus 4 in the over-2-litre class for racing purposes, forcing it to compete against rivals of much larger capacity. As a result, the 1,991cc Triumph TR engine was made available from 1953, this more-powerful option being preferred by most customers. In 1956 the revised TR3 power unit began to be phased in, offering 100bhp and making the Plus 4 'the cheapest 100mph car made in Britain' according to The Motor magazine.
This Triumph-engined Plus 4 was purchased from Autoretro in Barcelona in 2001 and restored by the vendor in 2005. The car comes with aero screens and full weather equipment and is offered with Spanish registration papers.

Introduite en 1950, la Plus 4 à moteur Standard Vanguard, représenta un pas en avant important dans l’évolution des Morgan de sport. Si la configuration traditionnelle du châssis 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.
Une conséquence négative de l’adoption du moteur Vanguard de 2,088 cm3 fut son classement en catégorie « plus de 2 litres » des Plus 4 de compétition, ce qui obligea à courir contre des machines de cylindrée supérieure. Le moteur Triumph de 1,991 cm3 fut donc proposé en 1953 et cette option plus puissante fut choisie par de nombreux acquéreurs. En 1956, le moteur TR3
révisé et porté à 100 cv commença à entrer en production, faisant de la Plus 4 « la voiture 160 km/h la moins chère en Grande-Bretagne » d’après le magazine The Motor.
Cette Morgan Plus 4 à moteur Triumph TR de 1,991 cm3 acheté auprès d’Autoretro à Barcelone en 2001 a été restauré par le vendeur en 2005. La voiture vendue avec ses saut-de-vent et son équipement de protection complet possède ses papiers d’immatriculation espagnols.
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1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796
1958 Morgan Plus 4 Sports  Chassis no. 3796
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