Morgan is marking the 50th year of its Plus 8 sports car with a new special edition of which just 50 examples will be produced.
“The Morgan Plus 8 sits firmly as one of the most iconic and revered models of Morgan’s 109-year history,” said Morgan boss Steve Morris. “For many, the Plus 8 is the archetypal British sports car combining handcrafted, bespoke luxury with exhilarating performance – and that’s exactly why the Plus 8 has been a mainstay of the Morgan range for 50 years.”
The Plus 8 50th Anniversary uses an identical specification version of the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre engine, which puts out 367bhp and 370lb ft of torque to enable a 4.5sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.
The Plus 8, which is built around a bonded and riveted aluminium chassis, weighs 1100kg dry, giving it a 315bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio. It sends power to the rear wheels via a BMW six-speed manual gearbox or ZF six-speed automatic.
The 50th Anniversary model doesn’t get any boosts to its performance, but it does receive a host of aesthetic changes to give it a completely bespoke finish. Two specifications are available: a blue Speedster open-top or a British Racing Green edition with a soft top.