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#1 SRW_Ojan

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:40 PM

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Top Speed:120 MPH
0-60: 7.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 134 @ 6000 RPM
Torque: 184 @ 2500 RPM
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Drivetrain: RWD

A race-bred rendition of the Plus 4, which had itself been designed as a more potent alternative to the existing Morgan 4/4, the Super Sport powered the Malvern-based marque to competitive success in the swinging sixties -- and this particular car played a starring role in that memorable journey. Super Sports were developed in the early 1960s -- a full decade after the birth of the first Plus 4s – mainly to represent Morgan in endurance events. Thanks to their race-tuned, 134-bhp Triumph TR4 engines -- which were capable of speeds up to 120 mph -- and their lighter bodies, they were well-suited to the track, and regularly brought home class victories from all over Europe. The biggest of these achievements arrived in 1962 when Chris Lawrence and Richard Shepherd-Barron drove this 1961-registered Plus 4 Super Sport, bedecked in British Racing Green and affectionately referred to by its license plate number, to a 2.0-liter GT class victory at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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#2 Clemsie McKenzie

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 08:15 PM

Test Drive Tuesday review #38: 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sport
07/21/2015

 

 

The Morgan Plus 4 is the successor to Morgan’s first post-war model, the 4/4. More powerful, it was at the time the epitome of Morgan’s sporting credentials. In 1961 was introduced the Super Sport, a lighter and more powerful version intended for race use, although road legal by regulation. The Plus 4 SS proved successful, and one of them more than the others: license plate number TOK 258, owned by Christopher Lawrence, went on to win multiple European wins, among which a class victory at the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

That class was limited to two liters engines, which explains why the Morgan isn’t especially powerful, though 134bhp must have felt more than adequate at the time, considering the 838kg curb weight of the Super Sport. But to today’s standards, it still feels pretty calm in the straights.

 

But the fact that it is so light helps with the problems that undermine most classic cars: poor brakes and tires, and unsophisticated suspension. It grips pretty well, which coupled with a very soft suspension is likely to induce seasickness if you go too hard with it. And if a long turn happens to wear some bumps, you’ll feel the suspension bottoming out, unsettling the rear of the car. Yes, the thin tires will give you some time to react if it happens, but it’s still something you have to bear in mind if you intend to push the Morgan to its limits.

 

Behavior through most curves is pleasingly balanced, though a too brutal throttle application will bump the rear axle out of shape. Overall it’s a predictable car, but some erratic reactions are to be expected if you overdo it. The brakes are on par with the engine: not very powerful, but easy to use. In fact, the engine lacking for torque and power makes for an interesting driving challenge: you have to carry as much momentum as you can through each corner, braking as lightly as possible and avoiding any sliding that would make you lose revs, and with it any speed out of the corner. This is the key to driving the Morgan quickly, but also to enjoying it.

 

The Plus 4 SS is something of an old lady that didn’t lose her sense of humor: you can have fun with it, even slide it around it if you understand how it will react; but expect some quick response if you go too far. It’s a fun car, though others can be more involving. TOK 258 is full of character, but at this price so are many other classic cars. Choosing this one over others is totally understandable, but it will come down to personal taste and not to pure driving dynamics.

 

 

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