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Most custom cars use old vehicles as the shell and the starting point, and the project develops from there. But the designers at Morgan decided to take it one step further with the anniversary Morgan Plus 8 Speedster.
In the old days, they were called motor cars not sports cars, today we call it driving not motoring. Back then, there was less safety but cars were more special. Yet, being special didn’t make them any more comfortable, in fact the motor cars back then were downright horrible to drive.
An introduction to the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster
The modern trend sees custom car builders taking old cars and making them new, but Morgan has produced a new car that looks old. The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is definitely stuck in the 30s with the way it’s been designed. It has the traditional 1930s body, a leather interior, no windscreen, big alloy wheels and a leather strap round the bonnet. It’s the true retro dragster.
Why was it built?
This car is a celebration of the century Morgan has been producing cars at its Melvern factory. The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is its gift to the world and a super limited edition car with only 60 being made.
The car features an aluminum chassis, a 4.8litre BMW V8 and can produce 367 horsepower. Because the car is so light, its performance figures are great and can do 0-62 in just 4.5 seconds.
What is it about a Morgan?
The charm of the Speedster is something no other brand can manage. Morgan’s aren’t reliably built. They come with rattles and creeks but they’re handcrafted by people who know their stuff and so you can’t help but like them.
What’s so great about this car?
It just flies. And produces one of the best noises ever heard. The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is an exciting, experience car but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its flaws. The passenger cabin is tiny but the car itself is massive. Although the seats are heated which is a wonderful feeling in January.
The steering is interesting. It works but is a little vague. It does its job but it’s not at a Porsche-level of engagement. The gears are very smooth and overall this is one of the best driving experiences you can have.
Morgans aren’t just cars, they’re a little bit of automotive theatre – everyone stares wondering why you’re driving something like this in 21st century. But Morgan have definitely done something right here and the Plus 8 Speedster can outshine everything short of a Jaguar D-Type