Friday, December 11, 2015

Wood Are You Lookin At? 1967 Morgan 4/4 Series V

The Morgan Motor Car Company is a family owned British car builder that first started building V-twin powered 3-wheelers in 1911.  Somehow Morgan avoided the market consolidation mess that spawned the British Motor Corp, British Motor Holdings, British Leyland, and Rover Group-- which practically bumped the British car building industry back into the stone ages.  A few standouts like Lotus, Morgan, and TVR avoided the short/easy route to the dark side via corporate sale, and are now joined but newcomers Ariel, Nobel, & Caterham, plus a liberated Aston Martin to allow the little Idaho sized island kingdom an interesting home grown auto industry.  However, truth be told, if I'm going to spend my money on something British, it is going to be a classic, like this 1967 Morgan 4/4 offered here on eBay for $22,000 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Orosi, CA.


The 4/4 was released in 1936 as Morgan's first 4-wheel car; the second 4 refers to the number of cylinders powering the wood framed classic.   The styling of the 4/4 didn't change to chase the whims of the decades as years flew by, and you can still buy a 4/4 new from Morgan to this day.


This is a Series V 4/4, one of 639 built from 1963-1968 and powered by 65 horsepower 1.5 liter Ford 116E engine and four-speed gearbox borrowed from the Cortina. While termite jokes rule supreme in Morgan circles, the chassis (part that supports the wheels/engine/transmission) is made from conventional steel, but the frame (part that supports the body) is made from ash trees-- a common old-school building technique from back in the day.


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6 comments:

  1. When you say the name of this car what do you say? 4 by 4? 4 slash 4? I have always wondered how you vocalize 4/4.

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  2. My favorite thing about Morgans is that since they are still doing the same cars they were a century ago, they maintain a huge inventory of parts guaranteed to fit. Frame rusted out? New one isn't outrageously expensive. Need new suspension? Have the setup from the latest model, it fits, and it's an improvement.

    Low, open topped British sports motoring at its best here, I want one.

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  3. I've always heard people say "four four"

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  4. This looks like it needs a lot of TLC. Parts readily available from the factory. Ford engine is a plus over the Triumph. Fairly easy to work on, nothing too complicated. I have seen ones in worse shape for twice the money!

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  5. I obviously have a soft spot for these mechanically simple, impractical open topped cars. Doesn't matter if it's a Morgan, Lotus, or a kit. It's to bad that the Morgans are always out of my price range.

    This car looks like it's been sitting for awhile or at least not really being driven. Lots of cobwebs on suspension and steering bits in those shots. Granted it could be from before they freshed up a few items. Does need paint but otherwise looks like a hoot.

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  6. "Wood are you lookin' at?" - I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you guys crack me up!

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