I know, Morgan didn’t build a boat tail style speedster in 1953, but that didn’t stop someone from trying to convert this +4 into one. The seller, Chip S, believes the conversion could have been started as early as 1955. Chip found it parked in a barn a while back, which it had been parked in for the better part of 30 years. It’s currently parked in his garage in Portland, Oregon and it needs to go. He’s asking $8,500 or best offer, so if you are interested in reviving this customized Morgan, be sure to use the form below to message him!
This is a rather unusual car to build into a boat tail, but for the most part it looks pretty good. According to what Chip was able to find out, the story is that it was rear ended shortly after being purchased in the early ’50s. Rather than having it repaired to original condition, the owner decided to go a more custom route. While there is some surface rust showing where the paint has been removed, there isn’t any serious rust at this point. The custom body work appears to have been very well done, but after sitting for so long, it’s going to need some work.
It’s also going to need mechanical work from sitting. The engine is the original and numbers matching, but currently isn’t in the car. Morgan didn’t build their own engines and instead sourced them from various manufactures. The engine of choice by the time this 4 was built was the 2088 cc Standard-Triumph 4 cylinder. It’s essentially the same wet liner engine found in the Triumph TR2 and TR3. And while 68 horsepower might not seem like a lot of power, it’s plenty for such a lightweight.
Once you get the body fixed back up and the engine reinstalled, you’re going to have to source most of the interior. Since it’s already custom, I would think about installed more modern seats, steering wheel and safety equipment. Since Morgan sourced many parts from Triumph, it really shouldn’t be too difficult to find everything you will need to restore it. The big question for the next owner, will be on what to do with it. Do you keep the boat tail rear or do you return it to factory original condition? I’ll leave that debate up to you!
Our thanks to Chip for listing this incredibly cool Morgan with us! I truly wish we could make it ours. If any of you have a classic that you are thinking about selling, please consider listing it here as an Exclusive. There’s no risk and as long as your car is priced right, it should sell quickly.