1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459
Lot 532
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster
£28,000 - 34,000
US$ 36,000 - 44,000

Lot Details
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459 1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster  Chassis no. P2459
1952 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster
Registration no. PKN 28
Chassis no. P2459
*Landmark Morgan model
*Restored in 2008 by TT Workshops
*Offered from a private collection
*Ready to enjoy

Footnotes

  • Morgan's first four-seater, four-wheeled sports car - the Standard 10-engined 4/4 -appeared in 1937, forming the mainstay of production up to 1950 when it was superseded by the larger and more powerful Standard Vanguard-engined Plus 4. With 70% more power than the 4/4 courtesy of the 2,088cc Vanguard engine, 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? - it 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 free-standing headlamps coming to an end, Morgan opted for a front-end makeover for 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. At last the quintessential Morgan look had arrived.

    First registered on 5th December 1952, this late 'flat rad' Plus 4 was acquired by the immediately preceding owner in June 2000 and shortly thereafter was treated to a major engine overhaul costing in the region of £2,000. The car was then kept garaged, covering only a minimal mileage.

    In 2008, 'PKN 28' was the subject of a major 'body off' renovation carried out by TT Workshops Ltd of Westbury, Wiltshire at a cost of approximately £25,000 (bills on file). Previously featured in 'Miscellany', the Morgan Sports Car Club's magazine, the car also comes with a V5C Registration Certificate, an instruction book, and an extensive history file containing photographs of the restoration.

    The current vendor purchased the Morgan at Bonhams' sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2011 (Lot 458), since when it has formed part of his private collection. Driven and maintained regularly since acquisition, this delightful car is ready to use and enjoy.
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