Morgan Plus 8

The Morgan Plus 8 is a vehicle built by the British manufacturer, Morgan. It was offered between 1968 and 2004.This model was loosely based on the chassis design of the Morgan Plus 4, but it was extended by 2 inches in the wheelbase. The larger and more important change though was the engine, which was a Rover V8 unit. At first this engine had a capacity of 3528 cc, and was joined to a 4 speed gearbox. The Morgan Motor Company is a British automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1910 by H.F.S. Morgan and was operated by Peter Morgan, who was the son of H.F.S, the founder. This was the case until his death in 2003. The earliest models were two seat three-wheelers, so not really what we think of as cars. They were better described as cycle cars. These were designed to avoid a British tax on cars because they were classified as motorcycles instead. The Austin 7, though, had a comparable price and better comfort, thus making cycle cars much less attractive. Morgan's first four-wheeler was the 4/4, which stood for four-cylinder engine and four wheels. On the Plus 8, in 1972 the original gearbox was replaced by one from the Rover 3500 and then by the five speed unit from the Rover SD1 in 1976. Despite their traditional design, the Morgans have modern sports car performance, due to their very low weight. For example, the Morgan Plus 8, which for used the 3.5L (215ci) aluminum V8. Most impressively, it could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Enthusiasts did work on the engine and exhaust to improve this figure even more. For a few brief years in the 1980s, the Plus 8s were imported into the United States after being converted to run on propane, which allowed them to pass the U.S. emissions regulations.