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1966 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe

Rare Drophead Morgan Plus 4. Cosmetically Attractive with Great History. Only Three Owners from New.

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VIN 6280
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Black
Mileage 76354 Miles
Engine 2.1 Litre 4-Cylinder no. CT66761ME
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Status Sold
Stock FJ1688


1966 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe
s/n 6280, engine no. CT66761ME
Black with Black Leather Interior

Morgan’s famously anachronistic sports cars represent the quintessential British motoring experience. Seen as outmoded even by the 1960s, the cars were actually developed continuously, with changes incorporated over the years to keep the cars technically abreast of contemporary developments in key areas, even if other areas, most famously the ash framed bodies, remained as traditional as ever. With that in mind, although the Plus 4 appeared similar to the 4/4 of the interwar years, updates such as the latest Triumph TR4A powerplant (with 105hp instead of 38hp as in the 4/4 or 68hp in the early Plus 4), and front disc brakes, ensured that the Plus 4 was still sporting, thirty years after the 4/4’s heyday.

The great majority of Morgans built were roadsters, available in two- or four-seat form, but from 1950 to 1968, a drophead variant was available as well. With full doors to replace the cutaway doors of the roadster, as well as a more luxuriously trimmed interior and thicker top, the Drophead offered more weather protection and refinement, albeit at a higher price. Despite being in production for 18 years, just 450 Dropheads were built, making them exceptionally rare Morgans.

This particular Drophead is relatively late in the production run, incorporating the TR4A powerplant and front disc brakes, which make it among the most useful and highest performing 4-cylinder classic Morgans. This car spent almost its entire life in California, having belonged to the same Southern California owner from 1970 to 2008, during which time it was registered on black plates ULP 662. During the last ten years or so of his ownership, he had considerable mechanical work performed, including rebuilt engine with new pistons, liners, bearings, rebuilt head, new camshaft, new valves, and rebuilt carburetors. The radiator was also recored, an overflow bottle for coolant recovery added, and a new clutch and pressure plate fitted. The flywheel was resurfaced, a new steering box fitted, and the brakes rebuilt as required including the calipers, wheel cylinders, rotors, and dual master cylinders fitted. The suspension was also rebuilt as required, including kingpins, bushings, shocks, and springs. New Dayton wheels with stainless steel rims were fitted and the chrome renewed as well.

In 2008, an owner in Seattle purchased the car, and he finished the restoration. This included new paint, new interior, refinished wood, rebuilt speedometer, new windscreen, new starter, and much time spent chasing niggles such as fuel leaks, electrical issues, inoperative choke, and other relatively peripheral items that are addressed during a restoration. The engine was resealed in 2009, and new rod and main bearings fitted, along with new fuel pump and alternator. Its current Southern California owner has had the car for approximately two years and is a collector and long term customer of Fantasy Junction. He had electronic ignition installed in October of 2012, and most recently in May of 2014, a valve adjustment was performed and new water pump fitted. While in his car, the car has been looked after by Frank Monise.

The car makes a strong impression cosmetically, with nice quality paint over a straight body. There are very few signs of wear or aging in the paint, and the paint job was done to very good standards. The chrome is generally excellent, including the bumpers and wheels, although there is light pitting in selected areas such as the side spears and fuel cap. The glass and lights are excellent, and the overall cosmetic impression of the car is of a fresh and crisp example that is a very nice driver.

The interior presentation is consistent with the exterior. The leather is in very good shape and the wood is excellent. The dashboard, instruments, and switches are excellent and the floor has nice rubber mats that appear as new. The top is canvas and is in excellent shape. The car has a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel.

The engine itself is extremely clean, and it is clear that the car has been used minimally since the engine was removed and completely rebuilt. The ancillaries are very clean throughout and the engine compartment shows signs of recent maintenance. The firewall is presentable but not freshly restored in appearance.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a rare Drophead Morgan Plus 4. A relatively late production example that incorporates the updates associated with those cars, this example is cosmetically attractive and has great history, with only three owners from new. It has spent almost its entire life in Southern California, and is comes with service records back to 1985, copy of its 1970 pink slip, and reprinted instruction manual.


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