<i>From the Estate of George Fink</i><br /><b>1963 MORGAN PLUS FOUR 'LOW LINE' SUPER SPORTS TWO SEATER  </b><br />Chassis no. 5322 <br />Engine no. TS 39461E
Lot 141
From the Estate of George Fink
1963 MORGAN PLUS FOUR 'LOW LINE' SUPER SPORTS TWO SEATER
Sold for US$ 146,300 inc. premium

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From the Estate of George Fink
1963 MORGAN PLUS FOUR 'LOW LINE' SUPER SPORTS TWO SEATER
Chassis no. 5322
Engine no. TS 39461E
2,138cc Pushrod Inline 4-Cylinder Triumph TR4 Engine
2 Weber Carburetors
Approximately 125bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Sliding King Pin Front Suspension, Solid Rear Axle
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*One of four Super Sports built by Morgan to full race specifications
*Former Sebring and Daytona entry
*Four owners from new
*The ultimate Morgan


THE PLUS FOUR SUPER SPORTS

The Super Sports is the 'Holy Grail' of all Morgan production. The model took all of the sporting connotations that had been woven into the breed from its earliest days, reviving the 'Super Sports' title which they had applied to some of the most sporting three-wheelers, moving them to another level. In doing so it provided true international racing success for the brand.

Not surprisingly, its story is linked to the greatest endurance race of all, the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. When Morgan racer and preparer Chris Lawrence elected to contest the 1961 running of this event, it is said that the organizers deemed a Plus Four to be a pre-war car and denied it eligibility. This move incensed Peter Morgan to such a degree that he agreed to provide full Works support for Lawrence, guaranteeing acceptance for the '62 edition. Lawrence brought his Super Sports home to a class win that year earning the model its place in history and arguably perpetuating the company to this day. That car, known simply as 'TOK', referring to its British license plate number, led to production versions and countless replicas of the famed Super Sports.

As ever with Morgan, there was some variety and differentiation between the original Le Mans car and those that the public had delivered, as customers sometimes chose specifications and the manufacturer worked to supply cars relative to their demand. As John Worrall and Liz Turner state in their book Original Morgan: "The Super Sports model was originally constructed with the standard Plus 4 body style, but with a bonnet scoop. These were the original high-line models. Later, however, the Super Sports models featured the same low-line body as the original 'Le Mans car'."

They record that the production process saw the cars built with their running gear and ash frames. These were then sent to Chris Lawrence workshops in Westerham Motors; from here the engines, the clutch, flywheel, con rods and crankshaft were sent out to Jack Brabham Motors to be balanced. The cylinder head was polished and gas-flowed, and the compression ratio was raised to 9:1'. A high-lift camshaft was fitted and then aspiration would come from 42 or 45 DCOE Webers mounted to a cast alloy manifold, a four branch exhaust system ensuring clear exit. On the later, 'Low Line' cars, with the reduced height of the intake and exhaust set ups, the whole profile of the car was able to be lowered, and accordingly its radiator was cut down in height. While this aided the aerodynamics, the reduced radiator aperture had to be compensated for, which was achieved with a header tank set back on the firewall. A small bumper set was fixed to the front of the car while overriders only were fitted to the its tail.

The combined effect of all of these improvements was to push the horsepower out from roughly 100bhp on standard TR4 engined cars to north of 125bhp, while its weight was shaved down from nearly 1,900lbs to 1,736lbs and allowed a 0-60mph of 7.6 seconds.

All told, production of the Super Sports tallied 101 cars only, a small fraction of the more than 4,500 Plus Four cars built. According to the Original Morgan book, among even this modest number some were more sporting than others, as a result of requirements offering one year guarantees on the enhanced specifications. Some arrived in this country un-tuned, and one was even delivered as a four seater.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The pinnacle of George Fink's collection was his Super Sports, which joined his collection a little later than the others offered today. However, it can still boast more than 30 years in his tenure and his requisite qualities of authenticity, only this time supplemented with a true race pedigree including action at one of Florida's best known and loved events, Sebring.

Super Sports number 5322 is understood to have been one of only four cars to be built by the Morgan Factory to full racing specifications. As recorded in Morgan's own record book, it was built new to right hand drive configuration and is comprehensively listed as: "2 Seater, Blue, Red. Wire Wheels, Lawrence tuned engine and oil cooler, Aluminium body and wings, 16 gallon petrol tank (imperial measuring), dual fuel lines, louvers on top of bonnet. Avon Turbo Speed Tyres. Dual L.K. Lamps. Koni Shock absorbers. Bucket seats. USA Specification. Sliding sidescreens. Tonneau. 6 leaf Road springs. Seat Belts. Bonnet Strap. Undershield." It was invoiced and then dispatched on February 27th, 1963 to Alton P. Rogers of Niles, Ohio.

By definition this was one of the second series of these cars, more correctly referred to as 'Low Line' cars. It was actually to be Rogers's successor to a 'High Line' car, #5049 which he had previously contested Sebring in 1962, winning the GT10 class. Not surprisingly he wanted the newest specification Morgan to return to Sebring, to attempt to repeat that victory.

As George Fink was able to research, Al Rogers collected the new car from the docks in New York on approximately March 15-18, 1963, had a roll bar fitted to it and drove straight to Sebring to test it out and get ready for the event. They were unquestionably cutting it a little fine, for the 12 hours took place on March 23rd that year. There, running as race number 41, and partnered with Richard Holquist as the back up driver, they were sadly forced to retire after 45 laps with a blown cylinder head.

But, undeterred by this initial disappointment on #5322's maiden outing, Rogers had the engine rebuilt and contested a full season of events in 1963, including running at Marlboro, VIR, Cumberland, Bridgehampton, Thompson Raceway, Nelson Ledges and Mid-Ohio that year. Interestingly, the car's roll bar still sports scrutineering stickers for these, allowing simple verification of its period racing history. For 1964, Rogers had the car repainted in a new Ivory paint scheme and traveled back to Florida for the spring races. He ran the Super Sports at the Daytona 200 Miles at Daytona Beach on February 16, presumably as a warm up for another Sebring. Again the car failed him, but it was ready for Rogers third successive Sebring 12 hours entry on March 21st. This time, running as race number 35 and partnered by Al Treuhaft, they sadly failed to finish with cooling system problems.

Perhaps feeling let down by #5322, or with other projects on the horizon, Rogers advertised the car the following month in Car & Driver at which point it was purchased by Bob Luchette. Around this time its original engine was replaced with unit TS 39461E.

Luchette retained the car through the decade, competing with it on a number of occasions. He eventually sold it to John J. Jaqua Jr. of Portland, Indiana in April 1970 without a title, around the same time he also sold Jaqua Rogers's 'High Line' car. Jaqua proceeded to title the car erroneously as car number #5199 having found that number on the car's firewall. It was with this identity number that the car was sold by Jaqua to George Fink in April 1984.

During George Fink's restoration of the Super Sports, he was to discover that chassis numbers #5199 and #5322 had become intertwined in the late 1960s/early 1970s, when they had been the property of Luchette. In keeping with George Fink's typically thorough approach, he constructed a timeline for the two cars, using all of the information that he had directly from former owners as well as physical evidence to try to understand how his car had become titled as #5199. He was able to discover that #5199 had actually been totaled by its youthful 22-year old owner David E. Paulson in the Allegheny Mountains and that its remains had been acquired by Bob Luchette. It seemed that in the days when it was a more important task to keep a car on the road and the track, some of those parts had found themselves onto #5322.

Succinctly, the history of this car aside from its inaccuracy of titling in that period was very simple, it had been sold by Al Rogers after his 1963 and 1964 racing seasons to Bob Luchette. Luchette had sold the car to John Jaqua Jr. in April 1970 and Jaqua in turn had sold it to George Fink in 1984, making it a four owner car from new. Armed with his transparent research, Fink petitioned the local DMV and more than a decade ago the car was correctly retitled as #5322.

Viewed today the car is another time-warp Fink machine. Early on in its life it was clearly color changed to the current white scheme, but it seems likely that the interior seats were never replaced and are the originals.

Rarely does a Super Sport appear on the public market, such that they are perhaps occasionally overlooked for their sheer importance and eligibility. By the very nature of their broad international success roster in period, today it is possible to campaign one at numerous events, not least of course the Le Mans Classic of course.

As with all of the cars George Fink chose to own, this is a truly great example of definitive specification and with a fine provenance.
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