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A Morgan Plus Eight, In Just Two Minutes: Video Link 12
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Morgan Plus 8, video on 12 12th, 2012

It can be argued that modern automobiles, no matter how good they’ve become, lack a certain amount of personality, that spark of magic, or even the mechanical equivalent of a soul. We have, it would appear, tossed aside the elemental joys of motoring in search of ever-increasing horsepower and lateral acceleration.

One maker that’s stayed essentially true to its roots is Morgan, the British manufacturer of high-end retro roadsters. Founded in 1901, Morgan still produces cars using ash wood frames for lightness and strength, and craftsmen, not robots, still assemble its cars by hand.

Though Morgans have evolved with the times to meet modern safety and emission standards, they’re still a throwback to an earlier time when driving was considered a pleasure, not a mere chore. You can load up a new Morgan Plus 8 with an impressive array of bespoke options, but chances are its hand-fitted top will still leak in the rain.

On the other hand, its style is absolutely timeless, and a Morgan Plus 8 will look as good fifty years from now as it does today. It’s distinctive, and you’re likely to be the only one on your block (or even in your entire city) with a Morgan roadster parked in his garage.

It takes a team of artisans a full month to construct a Morgan Plus 8, but thanks to this video produced by Britain’s The Telegraph, you can watch the build in two minutes. Be forewarned, though; watching the video is likely to produce an irrational longing to park a Morgan Plus 8 in your driveway.

Since the video doesn’t embed, you’ll need to follow this external link to The Telegraph’s website to view it.

Chris Harris Tests The New Morgan Plus 8: Video 23
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chris Harris, Kurt, Morgan Plus 8, video, Videos on 03 23rd, 2012

Road trips are our idea of a good time, even if they do typically involve pain and suffering. In fact, the worst road trips make for the best stories, and we have plenty of those to relate. Still, we’re jealous of Evo’s Chris Harris, who willingly suffered in the name of journalistic integrity by driving a new Morgan Plus 8 prototype from his home in south Wales to the Geneva Motor Show. In the dead of winter.

Chances are good that you don’t know the first thing about Morgan, since its cars are a rare sight on these shores. They’re classic British roadsters, largely unchanged over the past six decades and powered by engines sourced from other manufacturers. In the case of the Plus 8, that drivetrain consists of a 4.8-liter BMW V-8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and powering the rear wheels. The output, some 370 horsepower, is plenty in a car weighing just over 2,400 pounds.

In case you’re not familiar with classic British roadsters, most have the water-tight integrity of a screen door, and the new Morgan is no exception to the rule. As we said, suffering is what makes road trips epic, and Harris undoubtedly has stories to tell from this particular adventure. We’d gladly trade places with him, even if it means packing good rain gear.