1961 Morgan Plus 4 +4, 57k miles,vintage classic sports convertible w/show paint
- Condition: Used
- Make: Other Makes
- Model: Morgan Plus 4
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1961
- Mileage: 57,230
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 4cyl
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Red
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1961 Other Makes Morgan Plus 4
Morgan Plus 4, 1961
Two owners since new, 57,000 original miles
A remarkably well preserved car...purchased in England in 1961 by Canadian NATO officer, brought back to Ontario, stored for years, sold to second owner in 1973, at that time: stripped to bare metal, repainted, engine completely overhauled (new pistons, bores, bottom end, cylinder head, etc.)....has covered around 10,000 since.
Incredibly, with forty two year old paint, no bubbling, no blistering, no cracks on top of the fenders (a common Morgan flaw), still absolutely stunning. Original chrome is also incredibly well preserved...note crank hole in front bumper, reproductions don't have this little detail.
Did a compression test....155-160 psi in every cylinder, 50-60 psi oil pressure when warm, zero smoke cold or hot, smooth and powerful. The best Moss gearbox I have ever encountered...surprisingly good synchromesh, quiet in first and reverse gears, steering is light and precise, great ride, an absolute dream to drive (and having owned more than two hundred Morgans, over the past 42 years, driving this car was like a revelation).
Interior was just redone, leather seats, door tops, center trans cover, matching vinyl door and side panels, rubber matting. Just like the day it was built. Excellent wood dashboard and very well preserved original creme faced gauges. Top appears to be fairly new and is in excellent condition, new Stafast cloth tonneau, very good original side curtains. Even has its original heater.
Last owner told me the brakes were rebuilt (discs in front) and they seem to work properly. Front end seems very tight, completely rewired, has a fairly new stainless steel factory muffler, tires are fine, battery new, starts instantly, runs flawlessly.
If you are not entirely familiar with Morgans, I think the 1959-1962 Plus 4s are amongst the best....1959 being the first year of disc brakes, 1962 being the last year of the classic creme faced gauges. Should hit over 105 mph top speed, easy cruising at 80-90 mph, great handling, and if you think these cars are just 'slow driving cars around the neighborhood classics,' the next year, 1962, a Morgan Plus 4 won the competitive under 2 liter GT class at the 24 hours of LeMans beating the factory Porsche and Alfa teams. And 10th overall!
Doors close and latch like new, wood framing appears to be excellent, same with frame and exterior sheet metal, has new seat belts, easy to fit a luggage rack, stereo/CD, even folding windshield brackets. With the Morgan Motor Company still alive and kicking in England, in production since 1910, and with plenty of authorized Morgan dealers in the USA, keeping a 1961 Morgan running is effortless and not very expensive. The engine is a stock Triumph TR3A and the Moss gearbox and Salisbury back axle are capable of taking three times the power.
What is best about owning and driving a Morgan is the wonderful blend of ancient engineering...the front suspension was patented in 1910, the chassis design dates from the mid 1930s, same with the engine, and the SU carbs date from 1905. With over 100hp, tons of torque, a curb weight of around 1850 pounds, disc brakes, this car has contemporary performance in the 21st century.
Steel chassis, Belgian ash wood body framing, wood floors, and wrapped up in the beautiful bodywork.
This particular car really defines the term 'survivor' as it has been garaged its entire life, only seen two owners, and has incredibly low original mileage. Best of all, it looks the part and runs and drives like a brand new car.
Car available for immediate sale and advertised elsewhere. Hence we reserve the right to end the auction at any time and for any reason. Car is sold ‘as is’ with no warranty or guarantee whatsoever. Has full paperwork for legal registration anywhere. We can assist in transport anywhere in the world and can deliver it on our truck within, say, 300 miles. Glad to store the car in a safe, insured spot until arrangements are made. Terms: 20% deposit with 48 hours and full payment within seven days. W/transfer or check is fine. If you have any questions, the best way to ask is to call me at 203-377-6746 during business hours.
It has not been on the market since 1973 and epitomizes the term 'a real gem.' Thanks for looking, and good luck.