1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285

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1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster
Registration no. VOL 534J Chassis no. R7285

£ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 55,000 - 69,000
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster
Registration no. VOL 534J
Chassis no. R7285
*The Earls Court Motor Show car
*Matching chassis, engine, and registration numbers
*Exported new to the USA
*Re-imported in 1999

Footnotes

  • Searching for new engines in the 1960s, Morgan concluded a deal with Rover for supply of its all-aluminium 3.5-litre V8, thus creating a car that combined Vintage-era charm with Cobra-like 'grunt': the Plus 8. Morgan's Plus 4 chassis, strengthened and extended, formed the basis of the new car, while the existing Moss four-speed gearbox was retained also. After a successful debut at the 1968 London Motor Show, production commenced at the rate of 15-or-so cars per month and continues to this day, although now with BMW power. While the traditionally styled Morgan's brick-like aerodynamics restricted top speed to around 125mph (more than fast enough for most people driving an open car) the Rover V8's 168bhp and 210lb/ft of torque made for supercar-league performance through the gears. Indeed, in its later 3.9-litre form, the Plus 8 proved quicker to 80mph than the contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo.

    This matching numbers Plus 8 was built in October 1970 for that year's Earls Court Motor Show. It was finished in Brilliant Green - a typically 1970s colour - with black Ambla interior, and was fitted by the factory with the dual exhaust system (not standardised until 1971). Featured in many Morgan advertisements, including in The Autocar, 'VOL 534J' was despatched after the Motor Show to Allon White & Son in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and in June 1971 was sold to a Mr A R Lott of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

    The car's subsequent history is unknown until its re-appearance in the UK in 1999 carrying a Wyoming licence plate. On its return, the car was allocated an age-related registration, 'HGC 669J'. However, as the Morgan factory build sheet (copy on file) recorded the original number, this was subsequently reclaimed from the DVLA. Since its return the Morgan has been owned by Dr Linda Fitzgerald of London (from 2000) followed by Mr Robert Jefferies of Harrow (from 2002). The current enthusiast vendor acquired the car in 2010. That same year the Plus 8 was featured in Classic Car Weekly (August edition).

    The car still retains its original Rover V8 engine (10.5: compression ratio, 168bhp), Moss four-speed gearbox, and limited-slip differential, while the interior, which had been changed to tan, was re-trimmed in black leather in 2013. A new exhaust was fitted in 2006, and new brake callipers in 2015. Presented in generally very good condition, this ex-Motor Show Plus 8 is offered with sundry bills, a V5C document, MoT to May 2017, and a quantity of expired MoTs dating back to 2000.
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1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
1970 Morgan Plus 8 Sports Roadster  Chassis no. R7285
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