1965 Morgan Plus Four

Only 433 Morgan +4 Dropheads were built from 1950 through 1967 (with a very special V8 powered Drophead built in 1968 for Mrs. Morgan) offering a standard of elegance and luxury not found on any other model of Morgan.

The Morgan Car Company was founded in 1909 and built their first car in 1910 using one of the first forms of independent suspension. This 'sliding pillar' suspension has been used on all Morgans since that time (other than the new 'Aero' model currently being built along side more traditional Morgans). Since the company's inception, only three basic models of cars have been built....the original 3 wheeler from 1910 to 1952, the four wheeler from 1936 to the present, and the new high tech 'Aero' introduced in 2003. Certainly a very conservative company!

The company has been in continuous production since 1910 (other than during the two World Wars) and will soon be celebrating their 100th anniversary. And is one of the oldest manufacturers of automobiles still in production.

Like all traditional Morgans, this car was built by a dedicated work force using a lightweight steel chassis, Belgian Ash wood body frame, and hand formed sheet metal panels. No two Dropheads are identical as each was specifically built for its new owner.

1965 Morgan Plus Four
Roadster
Chassis #: 5819
Over the years the +4 was available as a two- or four-seat roadster, or as a more luxurious two- or four-seat drophead coupe. From 1962 through the initial end of the car's production, the +4 was equipped with the 4-cylinder engine from the Triumph TR2/3/4 series, which had a displacement of 1991cc to be increased to 2138cc in 1961 for the TR4 and following TR4A in 1965.

This car won Best of Show at the 2003 Mogwest event, a combined meeting of the Northern and Southern California Morgan clubs. This khaki green over black car is in the two-seat roadster configuration

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Roadster
For Morgan enthusiasts looking for even greater performance, Morgan offered a special version of its +4 model called the +4 SuperSports, first built in 1961. This car used a specially tuned Triumph TR4 engine prepared by Chris Lawrence of LawrenceTune and developing 125 bhp. Lawrence became the hero of LeMans in 1962 when he won the 2-liter class with a Morgan (TOK 258). The SuperSports came complete with a lightweight body made from aluminum. This car was originally delivered to New York in 1965 and has been completely rebuilt by its current owner, Mahiel Kalf in the Netherlands. It is one of only 92 SuperSports built between 1961 and 1968 before the first Morgan +8.
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+4+ Coupe
The ultra-traditional Morgan Car Company was not fairing particularly well as the world rolled into the 'swinging sixties' Seeking to build something a little more groovy, then-chairman Peter Morgan, was very impressed by a fiberglass special called the EB Debonair. Morgan and the EB Plastic Company agreed upon a very contemporary design for a new car, incorporating the traditional Morgan grille - and the +4+ was born in 1964. Built on a modified +4 chassis with TR4 engine, gearbox and suspension, just 26 of these cars were finished. The +4+ did not meet the approval of the traditional Morgan owner, so the car was not a great success despite being successfully campaigned in rallies and trials by Peter Morgan himself.
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Coupe
In 1962 Morgan achieved success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A Morgan +4 Super Sports prepared by the company and Chris Lawrence competed and won the 2-liter class. That car was driven by Lawrence and Richard Sheppard-Baron. In 1964 the Morgan +4 chassis, with a tuned and race prepared Triumph TR4 engine, was used as the basis for the SLR, a racing car designed by Chris Lawrence and John Sprinzel. The lightweight aerodynamic aluminum body, built by Williams & Pritchard, delivered a top speed far in excess of the 134 mph achieved by the standard +4 at LeMans on the Mulsanne Straight. This is one of three SLRs built on the Morgan chassis, and it is still actively campaigned in historic racing.

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1965 Plus Four
$3,350-$24,400
1965 Morgan Plus Four Price Range: $2,965 - $3,350

$2,395 - $2,665

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Morgan
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)

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