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Lot 458: Morgan Plus 4 Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (1 July 2011)

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sports car - the Standard 10-engined 4/4 -appeared in 1937, forming the mainstay of production up to 1950 when it was superseded by the larger and more powerful Standard Vanguard-engined Plus 4.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 current vendor on 1st June 2000 and shortly thereafter was treated to a major engine overhaul costing in the region of �2,000. Since then the car has been 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 �24,000 (bills on file) while more recently a major service was undertaken by MG specialists DGM of Green Park, Bath at a cost of �985. Previously featured in 'Miscellany', the Morgan Sports Car Club's magazine, the car comes with Swansea V5, MoT/tax to June 2012 and an extensive history file containing photographs of the restoration.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex, England
TypeCar
Lot Number458
Estimate£28000-£35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£22250
Hammer Price (inc premium)£25588
Year1952
Condition rating0
Registration numberPKN 28
Mileage-
Chassis numberP2459
Engine numberV274ME
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors