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Lot 43: Morgan Plus 4 Two Seat Roadster

Exceptional Motorcars and Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (18 August 2011)

The Morgan Plus 4, produced between 1950 and 1969 until its reintroduction in 1985, was a larger, quicker version of the company's popular 4/4 model. Fitted with a 2088cc inline four-cylinder engine sourced from Standard Vanguard upon the model's introduction, it received several updates during its long model run, retaining its classic styling cues throughout the duration of its lifespan. The early 1960s models are really the most representative of the breed, and better to drive with the significant benefit of Triumph sourced inline four-cylinders borrowed from the Triumph TR3, and later the TR4. This example is fitted with the desirable TR3 motor and Moss 4-speed gearbox. The current owner acquired this Morgan in 2004, and reports that is he the 4th owner. According to documentation provided by the vendor, the car was delivered in July 1962 to a Morgan dealer in New York state. A doctor purchased the car and kept it until the mid-1980s, at which point it was sold to a collector in Tacoma, Washington. After roughly a decade in Tacoma, the Morgan was sold to a close friend of the current owner in Seattle, who kept the car until 2004. According to the vendor, the indicated mileage, just short of 66,000, is believed to be accurate. Beginning in 2006 a full restoration was undertaken, performed by Robert Couch at the Morgan Garage in Sequim, Washington. Today the Plus 4 presents beautifully and is surely one of the finest examples of these quintessentially British sports cars available. Its fifth owner will undoubtedly revel in the wind-in-the-hair sports car experience that this 'Moggie' exemplifies.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motorcars and Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Quail Lodge, Carmel, California
TypeCar
Lot Number43
Estimate$40000-$60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1962
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Chassis number5231
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