The Morgan Plus 8 is often credited with saving the Morgan brand, thanks to its instant popularity, and is still a firm favourite with Morgan enthusiasts today.
It was developed in 1968 by Maurice Owen, who was brought into the company to help breathe new life into the upcoming range. He based the second prototype, which will join us at the Footman James Concours d’Elegance, on a modified chassis from the Plus 4 and included a Rover V8 engine – making it a much more powerful car than Morgan had ever offered before. However, it retained Morgan’s traditional elegance with a ‘vintage’ feel that became increasingly popular in the USA throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The prototype MMC 11 was tested by three of the UK’s top motoring magazines upon completion, with Motor reporting that the car offered ‘tremendous’ performance, going from 0–100mph in just 19 seconds, with a top speed of 125mph. Following its retirement from the press circuit, Charles Morgan, the grandson of founder Peter Morgan, then used the car for racing.
We’re delighted to welcome such an important piece of not just Morgan history to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, but an excellent example of Worcestershire manufacturing and of British motoring. We look forward to seeing it in the Footman James Concours d’Elegance in just a few weeks!