Britain’s Morgan Motor Company has announced the demise of its famous Plus 4 model – and is marking the event with the release of 20 special-edition versions that celebrate the resolutely British sports car’s remarkable production run over the course of 70 years.
The Plus 4, which has changed little since its introduction in 1950, will be the last Morgan built on a traditional steel chassis following the arrival of the all-new Plus Six, which features a modern aluminium platform and a turbocharged engine.
To highlight this “last of the line” status, each £60,995 special-edition Plus 4 will have a gold-coloured chassis and bodywork finished in platinum metallic paint – a reference to the precious metal’s traditional association with 70th anniversaries.
Inside, the cars will carry individually numbered plaques and be fitted with especially embroidered headrests, top-grade leather upholstery, Ravenwood veneers and black Moto-Lita steering wheels, while exteriors are enhanced by dark-grey wire wheels, black detailing and race-style front valance.
In keeping with their sporty appearance, these anniversary models can sprint from a standstill to 60mph in a respectable seven seconds, thanks to a 180-horsepower engine tuned by Aero Racing, Morgan’s in-house motorsport division.
Some of the 20 have already been reserved for customers, but the remainder will be available from Morgan dealers, a few of which still have a small number of the standard, late production Plus 4s and Roadster cars in their showrooms.
Production of the Plus Six – the first Morgan created entirely by Computer Aided Design – is now underway, and the firm has launched an immersive 3D online configurator, which enables prospective owners to create their perfect car from a potential trillion combinations of paint colour, wheel design, leather colour and texture, carpet colour, dashboard finish and hood options. Details such as interior stitching colour and pattern, seat and hood piping and wing beading can also be specified.
The on-screen image can be viewed from almost every angle and enables users to zoom in on details and see how the car would look with the roof up or down, with a hard top fitted and with the removable side screens on or off.
Once completed, buyers can download images, create a PDF brochure or email the specification to a Morgan dealer.
The configurator can be found at configure.morgan-motor.com/plussix.