1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201

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Lot 262
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster
Chassis no. 23201

€ 50,000 - 70,000
US$ 52,000 - 73,000
Amended
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster
Chassis no. 23201
Introduced in 1950, the Standard Vanguard-engined Plus 4 represented a major step forward in the evolution of the Morgan sports car. However, 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 cars of much larger capacity. As a result, the 1,991cc Triumph TR2 engine was made available from 1953, this more powerful (90bhp) 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.
Their robust and tuneable Triumph engines made the lightweight Morgans the cars to beat in production sports car racing. Chris Lawrence (Lawrencetune) was one of the foremost exponents, supplying Morgan with a batch of specially tuned TR engines for the limited edition 'Super Sports' model of 1961. Lawrence's modifications, which included a gas-flowed cylinder head, raised compression ratio, special camshaft, twin Weber carburettors and a four-branch exhaust manifold, increased the maximum power output to 115bhp (TR3) or 125bhp (TR4) with in excess of 150bhp available in racing trim. The Morgan might have looked like an antique but its fundamental qualities shone through in competition, no more so than at Le Mans in 1962 when Lawrence and Richard Shepherd-Barron drove their Plus 4 to 13th place overall and a class win in the GT2 category.
This Triumph-engined Plus 4 was bought in Spain from another collector in 1996 and restored between 2001 and 2011. The car has a 112bhp TR3 engine and is similar in specification to a Super Sports, though the gearbox has taller gears for fast road use. It is described as 'fully race prepared' but it should be noted that there are no FIA papers and some of the safety equipment will need updating to acquire them. 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. En 1953, Morgan commença à faire évoluer l’aspect extérieur de la voiture, évolution qui culmina en 1954 avec l’introduction de la face avant désormais inséparable de la 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. Vers 1961, les Plus 4 commencèrent à être livrées avec le moteur TR4 de 2,138 cm3 et, à partir de 1965, avec le groupe TR4A de 104 cv, ces dernières voitures représentant l’ultime version des Morgan à moteur Triumph.
Cette Plus 4 à moteur Triumph fut achetée chez Harpers au Royaume-Uni en 2001. La copie du document d’immatriculation au Royaume-Uni V5 indique un certain Paul Jaye d’Eversholt (Buckinghamshire) comme étant le propriétaire immédiatement précédent et précise que ce véhicule importé a été utilisé/immatriculé à l’étranger avant son immatriculation au Royaume-Uni en 1999. Restaurée par le vendeur et achevée en 2009, la voiture est accompagnée d’un copieux dossier de photos de la restauration et de ses papiers d’immatriculation espagnols.

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  • Please note that the French translation for this lot in the catalogue is incorrect and relates to lot 263. Veuillez noter que la traduction française pour ce lot dans le catalogue est incorrecte et correspond au lot 263.
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1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
1962 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster  Chassis no. 23201
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