Like every Morgan, the Plus 8 offers elemental motoring at its best and worst. That means a cramped, leaky, stiff-riding sports car, but one with super-responsive handling and an old-time driving feel no modern car can duplicate.
It also means resolutely 1930s styling plus patient handwork by virtuoso artists in wood, metal, and leather.
Alloy wheels, wider track, and a two-inch wheel-base stretch help identify Morgan Plus 8s from Plus 4s. Interior trim is more opulent, but construction remains old-world, including wooden underbody pieces.
What's special about the Plus 8 is that it delivers everything Morgan at much higher velocities. That's because it has a V-8, the same all-aluminum pushrod design that was born at Buick and adopted by Rover.
Actually, the 8 was a child of necessity, evolved from the Plus 4 to replace that model when its Triumph-sourced engine was discontinued.
Luckily, the V-8 was an easy fit, requiring just a two-inch-longer wheelbase and a slightly wider chassis. Better still, it was little heavier than the old four yet packed nearly 50 percent more power.
Top speed? It's now an alleged 210 km/h despite the vintage aerodynamics, but only fools would attempt that. Morgans have always been best in top-down touring on smooth, snaky roads at up to, say, 140 km/h.
The Plus 8 has been described as being all about romance, young love, moonlit motoring on winding blacktop roads and coffee stops in unlikely places. A car for heroes and heroines. We'd all be poorer without this individual new-old car.
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