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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Morgan Plus 8, 1968 Rover’s allaluminum V8 engine

Classic Cars | Morgan Plus 8, 1968 Rover’s Allaluminum

Morgan_Plus_8, 1968_Rover’s_allaluminum_V8_engine Morgan Plus 8, 1968 Rover’s allaluminum V8 engine 


Was installed in a widened Morgan in 1968,  and an exciting new performance car was created, boasting fierce acceleration.
In 1963, Morgan tried to update its image with the Plus 4 Plus, a pretty coupe with a fiberglass body, but just 26 were ultimately made. In 1968, Morgan put Rover’s high-performance 3.5-liter V8 engine into the Plus 4 and created the legendary Plus 8.
To this day, Morgan still builds modern versions  of the 4/4, with its ash-framed body and separate chassis, but in 2000 it launched the Aero 8, a companion model with a 4.4-liter BMW, V8 engine, aluminum body, and modern bonded aluminum chassis. Morgan has since continued refining this design alongside the traditional models, and in 2008 revealed a fuel cell- powered one-off called the LIFE Car, propelled  by four electric motors, and with 367 bhp. The company is also building a modern interpretation of its classic three-wheeler, with a 1,983 cc, American S&S V-twin engine, mated  to a five-speed Mazda transmission, so owners  of these insect-like vehicles have the luxury of reverse gear. With a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h), it continues  the Morgan tradition of moving quickly on just one wheel at the back, and is a big success for the company. Many famous, low-volume performance automakers have gone bust or been bought out, but Morgan continues to stand alone.
MORGAN FOUNDER HARRY “H.F.S.” Morgan started his engineering career working for the Great Western Railway before setting up a garage selling and repairing cars. In 1909, he built his first car, a single seater with one wheel at the back, tiller steering, and a V-twin Peugeot engine. This basic, but carefully engineered little vehicle was one of the first “Cyclecars.” Morgan launched a production version with limited sales success, thanks to the tiller and single seat, but the car’s performance and toughness won praise, and when two-seater versions with steering wheels appeared, demand grew quickly. In fact,  his design template was widely copied, but rivals generally struggled to meet his cars’ standards. The Morgan’s reliability and verve, along with handling that was safer than other three-wheelers, made this little tricycle a popular competition car, and a performance version, the Grand Prix, was built. Soon, Morgans were familiar and successful sights on racetracks such as Brooklands, where they beat much bigger, more powerful cars. Morgan was to use a variety of engines for  its three-wheelers, but had particular success  with JAP, which had water-cooled V-twins. Its cars were chain-driven with two-speed transmissions, and many of the controls, including the throttle, were operated from levers on the steering wheel.

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