1966 MORGAN PLUS 4 TWO-SEATER COMPETITION ROADSTER
Along with the Drophead Coupé and Super Sports, the Plus 4 Competition was one of the three rarest models of the Morgan Plus 4 range. In its short life span from October 1965 to April 1967, a mere 42 of these cars were built. Ordered by customers in 11 countries, it was dubbed 'The poor man's Super Sports' on account of being 20% cheaper than a Super Sports, though 10% more expensive than a standard Roadster. The Competition model boasted a low-line steel body, very similar to the Super Sport's aluminium coachwork, and to justify its price and name, came with a Derrington exhaust manifold, 72-spoke wire wheels, and Armstrong Selectaride shock absorbers as standard. Its power unit was the desirable 2.2-litre twin-carburettor Triumph engine.
The Plus 4 Competition was something of an experiment; Peter Morgan favoured the high-line body and he only agreed to review this policy by offering the Plus 4 Competition (with the low-line body) in 1965. Only 14 months later, in December 1966, the standard Plus 4 Roadster finally adopted that lower body, and the brief production life of the Plus 4 Competition came to an end. With its low-line two-seater body, the Plus 4 Competition is one of the most elegant of Morgans and much better looking than the 2+2 version. It is believed that only 11 have survived.
This rare Competition model was sold new in January 1966 via the dealer Baron Jacques Elleboudt in Brussels. It was delivered finished in green with black interior, and fitted with engine number 'CT61082' (see Morgan records extract on file). It is said to have been ordered new by a lady from Antwerp. The Morgan later found its way to a surgeon in Sint-Truiden where it resided until the beginning of the 1990s.
By then the car was in 'barn find' condition and in need or restoration. It had also been fitted with engine number '510084', a 2.2-litre Triumph TR4 unit of correct type, which is still in the car today. Restored by recognised Aston Martin specialist, Hans Natens, in 1991, it was finished in 1993 having been sold during restoration to the current owner, who had spotted the car while it was with Natens. Its proud owner since, he has enjoyed the Morgan very much, but more importantly has looked after it extremely well.
An older restoration, '6135' presents very well today and is in beautiful condition with only approximately 12.000 kms driven since. A Bonhams specialist has had the pleasure of driving the car over a short distance and was complimentary about its performance and road holding. 'On the button' and ready to be enjoyed, the car comes with an album of old restoration photographs; extracts from Morgan records confirming its specification; Belgian registration papers; a Morgan reference book; and an old Garage Natens brochure featuring the Morgan as one of their finished projects. The only example ever to have been delivered in Belgium, they don't come much rarer than this.
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