What is it?
Perhaps the biggest problem today for the motoring hack facing a clump of empty pages armed with nothing more than a new car to review is that such machines are now usually irritatingly complete, rarely terminally flawed and as a result almost always poor objects at which to aim your trenchant criticism.
So how refreshing it is to review a new car that's manifestly flawed in most regards and properly deficient in one or two. But then again, the Morgan Plus 8 is not new at all.
This year marks its half-century and, to celebrate, Morgan is going to kill it stone dead. But not before it’s knocked out 50 of these Anniversary Edition models, one for each year of the model's life.
The car is mechanically standard but presented so as to evoke the memory of the original and most famous Plus 8, a well-raced car known as MMC 11 after its numberplate.
So alongside the usual plaque, there’s a domed aluminium cover where you’d have once seen a spare wheel, a front towing eye painted yellow, wheels designed to mimic closely those of the original Plus 8, white-tipped ‘cannon’ exhausts and white brake calipers. There's bespoke instrumentation and upholstery, too.