What is it?
Fresh from its public debut at Goodwood, this is the new Morgan Speedster; a raked and modestly restyled version of the Plus 8 intended to celebrate 100 years of car-building at the firm’s factory in Malvern.
The changes are skin-deep, yet utterly beguiling up close. Scything the windscreen, side windows, the roof and its mechanism from the Plus 8’s body has uncluttered it to brilliant effect; Morgan is selling the limited-edition concept as stripped-out, but really it’s just clean-lined - and supremely handsome.
In place of the windscreen there’s now a twin-domed bubble of polycarbonate airfoil and, in the car we drive, a roll-over bar behind the headrests. Side exhausts and a leather bonnet strap complete the bygone-era look, although it’s arguably the black alloys posing as steel wheels (another option) which catch the eye when static.
Underneath, it’s pure Plus 8; meaning that were you to undress the surrounding sensuousness, you’d find the same bonded and riveted aluminium chassis beneath an English ash frame that carries the body panels. The Speedster gets the same 4.8-litre BMW V8, too, although Morgan has taken the opportunity to begin its roll out of paddle shifters - hooked up here to the same conventional six-speed automatic gearbox offered before.