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If there’s one automaker that’s more exclusive than Ferrari , that would have to be Morgan Motor Company . Of course, the comparison is somewhat silly given the products that come from these companies, but Morgan is one of those manufacturers that builds less than 1,000 vehicles a year. What’s more, certain cars have a waiting list of up to six months. That’s because each car is assembled by hand, starting with the wooden frame and ending with the hand-formed, aluminum body. Sure, nothing’s cooler than a Ferrari Ferrari badge nowadays, but Morgan’s old-fashioned ways are darn impressive in my book.One less-known fact about this British company is that it has a Special Projects Division.

This means Morgan can build bespoke, one-off vehicles just like the big boys from Ferrari, Lambo and Jaguar Land Rover . They don’t do it very often, but you’d better be prepared to stand in awe when such an automobile comes out of Malvern, England. If you fancy the classy yet modern looks of the Aero Coupe, then Morgan’s latest custom vehicle will leave you impressed. Meet the Morgan SP1, essentially the production version of the 2009 LifeCar concept !

Click past the jump to read more about the Morgan SP1.

The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn’t changed all that much from the models in the 60’s. It’s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we’ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4’s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40’s hot rod, it doesn’t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Morgan Plus 4.

The Morgan Plus 8 made its return in 2011 and since then, the retro-styled, modern-day sports car has seen its fair share of buyers. But don’t mistake the Plus 8’s looks as just a novelty because there’s a lot of history to it. In fact, Morgan has been building cars for 100 years, and it is paying tribute to that with the launch of the special edition Plus 8 Speedster.

There’s no denying that the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster doesn’t look like any other sports car these days. It’s looks come from a bygone era of stripped-down, road-going race cars and therein lies the appeal, as a lot of people will say.

You can call the Plus 8 Speedster eccentric, but what it really represents is a testament to the timeless nature of the model that can get imbibed with a buyer’s taste and preference, thanks to the comprehensive list of options Morgan is offering for its customers.

Oh, and don’t forget that the Plus 8 Speedster really does live up to its legend. It’s powered by a BMW -sourced, 4.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet, while mated to either a six-speed manual or a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. That much power translates to a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds to go with an electrionically limited top speed of 148 mph. Those numbers represent a 0.3-second faster 0-to-60-mph time and a 7-mph slower top speed than the base Plus 8 with the same engine output.

The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is expected to hit production this coming June with the first cars available later this year. It’s a special edition model so understandably, it comes with a special edition price of £69,995, which is about $117,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Morgan Plus 8.

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Last year Driven offered a very interesting series on how cars are made at the Koenigsegg factory. Thanks to that series, we have learned plenty about the Swedish supercars .

In the latest episode of its show, Driven took a trip to the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern, England. Matt Farah talked to the men responsible for developing these amazing sports cars . He walked the shop floors and talked with some of the long-time craftsmen about their tools and methods, and learns about the philosophy behind Morgan.

What makes the Morgan models so interesting is the fact that their frame is made from wood, so the construction process requires a special development process. And this is exactly what Matt Farah tries to find out from the guys he is talking to.

Check out the video to learn how to make a wood-framed car.

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The latest episode of the famous Jay Leno’s Garage show brings another great car into focus. Jason Len from XKs Unlimited stops by with a barely street-legal Morgan Plus 8 he developed for racetrack and it looks like Leno had an awesome time behind the wheel!

The Morgan Plus 8 was unveiled in 1968 and remained into production until 2004. Many enthusiasts consider it to be one of the best models developed by the British company. During its life, the Plus 8 only came with V-8 engines, as does this 1970 model reviewed by Leno.

The model brought to Jay Leno’s Garage was designed by the guys over XKs Unlimited as a hot rod, but it is still road legal. So, Jay Leno could enjoy this masterpiece on the public roadways. This customized Plus 8 surely looks very quick. We’re just wondering how Leno felt behind the wheel.

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Morgan’s 3 Wheeler was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and since then, it saw a few special editions. The latest special edition – the Gulf Edition - was announced at the end of last year.

The model is powered by a Harley-Davidson-sourced engine that delivers a total of 115 horsepower and thanks to its incredible weight - just 1,212 pounds - it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 115 mph.

This little vehicle caught the attention of the guys from XCar which took it out for a very brief spin near the factory in Malvern. Apparently the guys were pretty excited by this amazing little toy and seemed to have all the fun in the world behind the wheel.

Check out the video above to watch them take on this motorcycle-turned-car.

XCAR has just sent us a very nice video presenting Charles Morgan and his Morgan Aeromax - a car he uses on a daily basis, especially for weekly shopping. Morgan says he loves the attention it gets and he is aware of the fact that he is "sitting on a thing of beauty and that only the hardiest of chaps can ignore its beauty."

He also remembers how his father laughed when Charles told him he wants to move the brand into the 20th Century with a bonded-aluminum chassis. And the fact that Morgan is among the first companies to adopt the magnesium chassis is a reason to be proud of.

The Aeromax is by a 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers more than 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 160 mph.

The history of Morgan Motor Company began back in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. The first models the company developed were two-seat and four-seat three-wheelers, which avoided the British tax on cars by being classified as motorcycles.

The model Jay Leno reviews in the latest episode of his show is a model Morgan decided to build back in 1932 for his personal use. The models developed by Morgan Morgan in the 1930s were the F4, the F2 and the F-Super. All three models had pressed-steel chassis and were powered by a four-cylinder Ford Sidevalve engine. The models were capable of hitting speeds of up to 80 mph, but we’re pretty sure that they felt much faster than this.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno was impressed by this 1932 three-wheeler and if he would like to see more of these three-wheeled models on the streets.

Talk about a special edition model, Morgan’s new Three-Wheeler Gulf Edition is that and more.

Now, we understand that the market for a vehicle that drives on an odd number of wheels isn’t all that great. But there’s still a market for a car like this one, particularly those who know the history of the colors this special-edition Three-Wheeler is sporting, particularly in light of Morgan’s participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with OnOak Racing.

We all know that Gulf Oil is represented by its iconic Blue-and-Orange paint scheme. So, in order to establish credibility with a Three-Wheeler that’s been labeled as the "Gulf Edition", the most important thing was to dress it up in the exact same two-color Gulf livery that’s become famous the world over.

In addition to the obvious color choice, Morgan also played with a number of unique design details on the Three-Wheeler Gulf Edition, starting with blacked out details on the engine, the headlamps, the roll hoops, the mud guards, the exhausts, and the exhaust heat shields. Finally, the Three-Wheeler Gulf Edition was also given Orange wall tires, adding a touch of customization and paying homage to the special edition name it’s carrying.

Inside, the same treatment was used with Morgan opting for a black leather dress up for the seats and the dashboard to go with a limited edition badge on embossed leather and matching orange stitching on the steering wheel.

All in all, Morgan is set to release only 100 units of the Three-Wheeler Gulf Edition with each model being priced at £29,162.50 plus VAT — around $46,700.

Morgan has made a habit of releasing tribute models to its cars of yesteryear. Recently, it unveiled its latest tribute, the Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI.

This model pays homage to the Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports, which was first introduced back in 1961. The Baby Doll VI certainly lives up to its name, featuring a lightweight aluminum body, a material that was used on the original.

The Baby Doll VI comes in two color schemes: Kingfisher Blue with matching white stripes and Westminister Green with yellow stripes. The car rides on a set of 15-inch Roadster alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama A048 tires.

Inside the Baby Doll VI, there’s Tillett carbon race seats with Aero Racing logos on the headrests. It also boasts a removable steering wheel, new dash, dials and switches, two aero screens, fire extinguisher, roll bar, battery cut-off switch, and a Baby Doll badge on the back panel.

Under its hood, the Baby Doll VI features an Omex engine that produces 260 horsepower and mates to a Mazda transmission. Morgan installed a slew of other components on this tribute model, including an oil cooler, sports exhaust system with a repackable silencer, gas adjustable dampers, a 4.10-to-1-ratio limited-slip axle, front and rear disc brakes, brake re-action bars, and a Panhard rod.

Morgan is also offering extra options for the Baby Doll VI. For an added cost, you get a high roll cage, a heater, spot lamps, full race-spec brake calipers, and a set of Silver Minilite 7j wheels with 3-eared spinners.

The Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI comes in at £55,000 (around $87,000 based on current exchange rates), including VAT with no warranty available on the engine, due to race tuning.


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