Morgan teases plus eight 50th anniversary edition ahead of geneva motor show
morgan motor company releases its first teaser images of the 50th anniversary edition of its iconic ‘plus eight’ ahead of its full reveal at the geneva motor show 2018. named after the famous eight-cylinder engine beneath the car’s hand-built body, over 6,000 models have been built in the last 50 years at morgan’s home in pickersleigh road, england.
born on the racetrack, the morgan ‘plus eight’ is a combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. a lightweight aluminum chassis and 4.8-liter BMW engine sit beneath the traditional morgan body. at just 1,100 kg, the vehicle is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, as well as a top speed of 155 mph. first conceived by peter morgan, the head-turning ‘plus eight’ prototype was revealed to the public at the earls court motor show in 1968. approximately 6,000 models were produced during this time until the car was discontinued in 2004 when production of the rover V8 engine ceased.
the teaser images released by morgan show a blue lacquered paint finish, with hints of hand-painted yellow accents around the car’s iconic front grill, along the bonnet and on the rear towing eyes.
steve morris, managing director of morgan motor company, comments, ‘this 50th anniversary edition is a fitting illustration of the plus eight’s beauty and finesse, coupled with raw exhilaration and capability. performance has underpinned every one of the plus 8s that have driven out of our factory gates for 50 years and we’re excited to reveal the car in full in geneva.’