Morgan Plus Four First Drive | It's an all-new car! Seriously

Morgan Plus Four First Drive | It's an all-new car! Seriously

MALVERN, England – Replacing a car that’s been around for 70 years takes a bit of thinking. Morgan has done exactly that with its new Plus Four, which replaces the old Plus 4 (note the spelling). I was supposed to see this car at the Geneva Motor Show in March and then drive it at Morgan’s first proper press launch in Barcelona (paid for by the new Italian owners). Covid-19, however, made all that impossible, so I traipsed over to Pickersleigh Road in Malvern to drive this new four-cylinder Moggie. Fans will already know that this tiny company, founded 110 years ago, has had a clear-out of all its steel chassied models. The last one, the Plus 4, is finished now apart from a few specials to celebrate its 70th anniversary later this year. That car, produced on and off since 1950, became one of the most popular models produced by the little red-brick factory tucked into the East side of the distinctive Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Morgan reckons that the new Plus Four will number about half the cars it produces, which is currently about 900 annually, but which it (and Investindustrial, the Italian owners) hope will rise to about 1,400 within five years. We’ve already seen part of this car underneath the new Plus Six, which was launched last year. The chassis (named CX since it was launched in the firm’s 110th year), consists of extruded, riveted and welded aluminum sheet and spars, with an all-independent suspension replacing the ...
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