Dropheads were a rare sight new and even scarcer today, with exceedingly handsome styling in the vintage English idiom
The Morgan Motor Company, the oldest independent automobile company on the planet, crafts its unique sports cars in a turn of the century factory in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, England. To this day, Morgans are still built according to vintage coachbuilding traditions in the original facility, established in 1910.
The stately Morgan Plus 4 drophead coupe, recognizable from its roadster sibling by its tall front-opening doors, fixed windshield stanchions and elegant three-position folding top, was the sophisticate of the Morgan model lineup. It also featured walnut interior appointments, removable sliding side windows and body accent trim. Only 433 Plus 4 drophead coupes were produced between January of 1954 and September of 1969.
Through 1961, these models were powered by a dual-carburetor, 2.0-liter (1991-cc) Standard Triumph engine, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox. Later models were fitted with a larger (2138-cc) version of the Standard, still driven through a Moss box. The drophead coupe also utilized the patented Morgan “Sliding Pillar” front suspension with its one-shot lubricating system, designed in 1910 and still standard on Morgans today.
This particular 1958 Drophead Coupe, with elegant coachwork painted in dark blue and complemented by magnolia-colored hides and dark blue Haartz top, has benefited from a ground-up, five-year professional restoration to a very high standard. Cosmetics, mechanicals and hydraulics have all been addressed. The five new chrome wire wheels are shod with Dunlop radial tires.
This highly desirable Morgan is an original left-hand-drive car, with Brooklands steering wheel, Derrington-style stainless header and exhaust system, as well as induction and cooling system upgrades. The wooden body tub has been replaced and a special cross-brace fitted to strengthen the body structure.
This Morgan Plus 4 has finished in first place in all five British car shows it has entered since its restoration. This lovely example combines great style with impressive engineering and is understood to be a fit running example ready for grand touring, British-style.