It also marks the end of the Plus 8 saga

British coachbuilder Morgan is getting ready to discontinue two of its iconic models with special-edition versions unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. One of them is a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Plus 8, the brand’s crowning vehicle for a half a century. Unveiled back in 1968 and discontinued between 2004 and 2012, the Plus 8 gets a few special features for its 50th anniversary, before going out of production for good. More than 6,000 Plus 8s have been built so far, which makes this model the most successful in the company’s history.

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There is a new blue lacquered paint reminiscent of the company's first Plus 8 models and hand-painted yellow accents around the front grille, engine hood, and the "two" markings below the bumper

Much like any other special-edition Morgan, the Plus 8 doesn’t get notable changes on the outside. There is a new blue lacquered paint reminiscent of the company’s first Plus 8 models and hand-painted yellow accents around the front grille, engine hood, and the "two" markings below the bumper. British Racing Green paint is also available and comes with a soft-top, whereas the blue model remains a speedster vehicle only. The race-style white circles on the doors, the white exhaust pipes, and the chrome bumper delete give the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition a motorsport-inspired look.

Other extra features include a spun aluminum domed panel on the decklid, light leather wrapping used to seal the external wing panels, simpler graphics for the LED headlamps, and extra engine hood louvers and a leather belt. The number 8 painted onto the front grille harks back to the racing days of the original Plus 8.

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The exterior appearance is rounded off by new five-stud wheels

The exterior appearance is rounded off by new five-stud wheels. Designed to mimic the original cast wheel of the Plus 8, the new wheels also allow room for larger brake calipers and are finished in a bespoke champagne color. They come wrapped in tires revised to handle the power of the big V-8 engine.

Inside, the roadster gets a plaque with a unique production number and a naturally waterproof black leather. A highly detailed, twin-pleated stitching adorns the seat centers for a motorsport-specific theme. The matte-finished walnut dashboard now includes specially designed dial faces.

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The unit is rated at 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to the more modern looking Aero 8 model

Under the shell, the 50th Anniversary Edition sports the same lightweight aluminum chassis and 4.8-liter V-8 engine sourced from BMW. The unit is rated at 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to the more modern looking Aero 8 model. Tipping the scales at only 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds), the Plus 8 charges from 0 to 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Transmission choices include the usual BMW six-speed manual and the ZF six-speed automatic.

Alongside the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition, Morgan also unveiled a final version of the Aero 8, called the Aero GT, at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition.

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Press release

Morgan Motor Company has released the first teaser images of the much anticipated 50th Anniversary Edition of its iconic Plus 8 ahead of its full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

Named after the famous eight-cylinder engine beneath the car’s hand-built body, over 6,000 Plus 8 models have been built in the last 50 years at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road home.

The family-owned, bespoke sports car manufacturer will produce 50 of the special-edition models, each to be sold through its existing dealership network. The Plus 8 50th anniversary edition will be a true V8-powered thoroughbred tribute to the model that has been Morgan’s crowning vehicle for 50 years.

The teaser images released by Morgan show a blue lacquered paint finish, reminiscent of the British coachbuilder’s first Plus 8 production model (known as MMC11), with hints of hand-painted yellow accents around the car’s iconic front grill, along the bonnet and on the rear towing eyes.

Born on the racetrack, the Morgan Plus 8 is a special combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. A lightweight aluminium chassis and 4.8-litre BMW engine sit beneath the traditional Morgan body. At just 1,100kg, the Plus 8 is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds as well as a top speed of 155mph.

First conceived by Peter Morgan, the head-turning Plus 8 prototype was revealed to the public at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1968. Approximately 6,000 Plus 8s were produced during this time until the car was discontinued in 2004 when production of the Rover V8 engine ceased.

In 2012, the Plus 8 was reborn into the Morgan range, on a lightweight aluminium chassis with the powerful 4.8-litre BMW engine, as used in the Aero range. With a restyled body, the new Plus 8 was proportionally larger and significantly quicker than any ‘classic’ Morgan before it. The Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition will be the last Morgan sports car to feature the naturally aspirated V8 engine.

This car makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said: “This 50th Anniversary Edition is a fitting illustration of the Plus 8’s beauty and finesse, coupled with raw exhilaration and capability. Performance has underpinned every one of the Plus 8s that have driven out of our factory gates for 50 years and we’re excited to reveal the car in full in Geneva.”

Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor Company, said: “Firmly established as Morgan’s crowning vehicle for fifty years, the Morgan Plus 8 continues to pioneer new technology within the classic Morgan bloodline. When combined with an uncompromising attention to craftsmanship, luxury and material choice, there is no more desirable Gentleman racer.

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