► New Morgan 4/4 80th Special Edition
► Features bespoke trims and finishes
► Only 80 available, each costing £40k
Can you believe that the classic Morgan 4/4 has now been blatting around our roads for 80 years? Well... yes, you probably can. Ahem.
Anyway, moving swiftly on; 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the much-loved 4/4 roadster, which was launched back in 1936. To celebrate its eighth decade on the planet, Morgan's releasing a new special edition.
It's called the 4/4 80th – quelle surprise – and will be the subject of an 80-strong production run. A proper limited edition, then, for a change – and, of course, each will be hand-built.
What are the key changes, then?
The 80th takes lots of cues from the first versions of the 4/4s. Each is fitted with classic-looking wheels and tyres, brass centre locks for the wheels, a brass grille, quad bonnet straps and a mohair roof. Three colour schemes are offered: two-tone dark and almond green, dark red or the 'Saxe Blue' shown here.
Power comes from a 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, which exhales through a side-exit exhaust system – delivering a rortier tone and reputedly mild performance improvements over the standard tail-exit set-up. It should make fractionally more than the 110bhp and 97lb ft of the standard car, as a result.
You can expect it to perform much like a regular 4/4, though. It should post a 0-62mph time in the region of 8.0sec and, if you're feeling bold, top out at 115mph. Morgan claims an average of 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 143g/km for the regular 4/4, and this should be relatively unchanged, if you find yourself in the odd position whereby you're considering one for commuting or as a company car.
I'm in. How much will it cost me?
Morgan quote a price of '£33,330, excluding taxes'. Consequently a 4/4 80th anniversary edition will likely set you back around £40k once VAT's been added on.
It's available in both left- and right-hand drive, while a range of personalisation options are on offer for those wishing to make their 4/4 80th more individual.
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