Morgan West Listing

Santa Monica, California

Plus 8, LeMans ’62 #01

Comments Most desirable of all Plus 8s. Always Best in Class winner at Morgan concours.

The development of the Plus 8 was led by Maurice Owen, an engineer taken on specifically for the role. The Plus 8 prototype was based on a modified chassis from the Plus 4, altered to accept the Rover alloy block 215 cu in (3.5 l) V8, purchased from GM-Buick in 1967. Plus 4’s Moss gearbox was carried over and the Salisbury 7HA axle was updated with a limited-slip differential. The chassis was developed in stages to accommodate gearbox changes in 1973 and 1976, the body widened in 1976 to accommodate the widened chassis and the wings widened to accommodate larger tires to handle the increasing power and trend for lower profile and wider tires. The original 1968 Plus 8 was 57 inches (1,400 mm) wide and the last was 64 inches (1,600 mm) (with an optional “widebody” at 67 inches (1,700 mm)) For several years in the 1960s the Plus Eight was the fastest-accelerating UK production car.
To mark the 35th year of production of its Plus 8, MMC released a commemorative ‘Anniversary Edition’ in 2003.

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  • Leather seats
  • Right-hand drive
  • Wood rimmed steering wheel

Morgan's Original Specs -- some cars may have been modified. Inquire for complete details.

Engine manufacturer: Rover 3.5-Litre V8 based on Buick Fireball 215
Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Fuel type: petrol (gasoline)
Fuel system: 2 carburetors
Charge system: naturally aspirated
Valves per cylinder:2
Valves timing:
Additional features:
OHV pushrod operated
Emission control: Emission standard:
Cylinders alignment: V 8
Displacement:3532 cm3 / 215.5 cui
Bore: 88.9 mm / 3.5 in
Stroke: 71.12 mm / 2.8 in
Compression ratio:10.5 : 1
Horsepower net:125 kW / 170 PS / 168 hp (net)/ 5200
Torque net: 284 Nm / 210 ft-lb/ 2700
Horsepower gross:137.2 kW / 187 PS / 184 hp (SAE)/ 5200
Torque gross:306 Nm / 226 ft-lb/ 3000
Redline rpm: 5750

Car power to weight ratio net:137.4 watt/kg / 62.3 watt/lb
Car weight to power ratio net: 7.3 kg/kW / 5.4 kg/PS / 11.9 lbs/hp
Fuel capacity: 62 liter / 16.4 U.S. gal / 13.6 imp. gal
Engine lubricant oil capacity: 5.7 liter / 6 U.S. qt / 5 imp. Qt with filter change
Engine coolant capacity:9.2 liter / 9.7 U.S. qt / 8.1 imp. qt
Battery capacity (Ah):59

This particular example has RPI and Liebrands mods results in approx. 260HP and much faster, smoother revving, higher redline, totally different to own and drive compared to normal Plus 8.

#1 of 40 built for the world; all sold within 24 hours of being announced as Morgan’s first commemorative edition; original owner Charles Morgan for first 1,000 miles, myself ever since. Multiple Concours Best in Class winner; perhaps the most desirable traditional bodied/powered Plus 8 in the world…

Most desirable of all Plus 8s. Always Best in Class winner at Morgan concours. Morgan family owned when new; my personal car from 1,100 miles to current 10,000.

Note: Not registrable for U.S. road use; can only be sold outside of the U.S. or for dealer plate or static display in North America

  • 260HP and very fast, free-revving motor.
  • Right-Hand Drive
  • RPI chipped
  • Magycor wires
  • Carbon fiber velocity intakes,
    Librands cross over headers with our MFII stainless exhaust
  • Adjustable SPAX shocks

Year: 2002
Make: Morgan
Model: Plus 8
Body Style: Convertible
Mileage: 10,000
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Condition: Beautifully Maintained
Drivetrain: RWD
Engine: 4.0 Range Rover V8,
Exterior Color: British Racing Green
Interior Color: Black
Pre-Owned: Pre-owned
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