1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022
Lot 64
1968 Morgan V8 Roadster
Registration no. SCV 901G Chassis no. NO. R7022
Sold for £ 61,980 (US$ 78,598) inc. premium

Lot Details
1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022 1968 Morgan  V8 Roadster  Chassis no. NO. R7022
1968 Morgan V8 Roadster
Registration no. SCV 901G
Chassis no. NO. R7022
* Fully restored in the USA by marque specialist, Robert Couch
* New J E Developments Rover V8 race engine
* Spare race engine included
* Full FIA specification (Period G1 1966-1969, valid to 31st December 2026)
* Concours winner



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 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 also was retained. 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 all-matching numbers, early Morgan Plus 8 is the 22nd example of this landmark V8-engined model to leave the factory and was supplied new in February 1969 to the Half Moon Garage in Yorkshire. Benefiting from a six-year, six-figure, 'ground upwards' restoration undertaken in the USA by renowned marque specialist and concours-winner, the late Robert Couch, the car has covered only 2,800 miles since the rebuild and must be one of the best of its kind currently available. Robert Couch is famous as restorer of the historic Morgan TT Replica 'CAB 652', previously campaigned by Peter Morgan, which in 1980 was overall winner of the prestigious Chinetti Concours at Lime Rock.

    Carried on a new chassis, the aluminium body benefits from an all-new timber framework and is finished is British Racing Green with black wings, the latter the lightweight alloy type. The car has a black leather interior with matching convertible top and tonneau cover. Other noteworthy features include stainless fasteners and fuel lines, competition fuel cell, and an engine fire quench system, all of which are to racing specification.

    Restored for Morgan's 75th anniversary, although it did not make it to the UK for the celebrations, this Plus 8 comes with 'Best of Show' and 'Best of Class' concours awards testifying to the quality of the restoration. (Another one of Robert Couch's Morgans, restored at the same time, did come to the UK and was judged 1st in the Plus 8 class at the 75th anniversary gathering). Acquired from the estate of the late Stephen S Lester, 'SCV 901G' has been stored in a climate controlled facility as part of an extensive private collection of vehicles where it has been looked upon as a work of art.

    For over two years recently the Morgan was away being updated, which included having a brand new race engine installed by John Eales at J E Developments, a recognised specialist in the preparation of Rover V8 engines. This new race engine incorporates fully up to date internals, and breathes via SU carburettors to accommodate the latest FIA regulations. The other race engine built by Robert Couch had on tap a massive 288 BHP and 275 Lb /ft of torque -(documented) and shown in the photos with Holley carburettors, this is also included in the sale. It is worth noting that although the original Plus 8 had 'only' 168 horsepower on tap as standard, it could accelerate to 60mph quicker than a 4.2-litre Jaguar E-Type. Despite its greatly enhanced performance, this car is said to cope equally easily with town driving or touring, and must be one of the quickest of road-going '1st Generation' Plus 8s around. Indeed, the vendor – a long-time Morgan enthusiast – says that it is the quickest he has ever driven.

    For a year of its time away, the Morgan was at Richard Thorne's workshop being fitted with every new FIA update required for historic racing, hill climbing, and rallying anywhere in the world (Period G1 1966-1969, valid to 31st December 2026). All the work was bespoke in order to avoid drilling the body or dashboard to accommodate cut-off switches. The new FIA roll bars (front and rear) were also custom made to ensure a perfect fit, while the side impact bars were taken down below the door line to make getting in and out as easy as normal. All this was done at great expense in order to preserve Robert Couch's original workmanship. Even the spare wheel cover has no external screws securing it to the rear frame; it simply slides in from underneath making it easy to remove in order to refit the rear bumper and spare wheel for rally events. The car comes complete with full weather equipment, spare wheel, boot rack, and tonneau cover (made to fit the new roll bars).

    MoT'd and offered with a V5C document, this well documented car comes with its original restoration bills and is described as perfect for all uses: racing, track days, showing, high-speed touring, for long or short journeys, etc.
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