Holden Morgan 2001 Plus 8 For Sale

Although Rover’s attempts to acquire the Morgan Car Company in 1966 had proved fruitless, it nevertheless granted the sports car manufacturer access to its newly acquired, ex-Buick lightweight aluminium V8 engine with a view to cementing a supply contract. Hired by the Malvern works to assess the powerplant’s merits/suitability, race engineer Maurice Owen lost little time in shoehorning one into a Morgan Plus 4 chassis. With trials of the resultant prototype successfully undertaken in 1967, the Plus 8 debuted at the following year’s Earls Court Motor Show. Built along familiar Morgan lines, its ladder frame chassis was equipped with independent ‘sliding pillar’ front suspension, a leaf-sprung rear axle, and disc/drum brakes. Supported by an ash frame, its swooping bodywork looked as traditional as ever but gave no clues as to the new model’s extraordinary performance potential. Backed by a four-speed Moss gearbox (Rover’s own engineers had only experimented with automatic transmission up to that point), the 3.5-litre V8 unit was credited with some 160.5bhp and 190lbft of torque. In a car weighing comfortably less than 900kg, ‘Autocar’ magazine found that these outputs translated into 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds and 124mph.
This particular UK right-hand drive +8 was delivered new in 2001 by Mike Duncan of Hartlebury Garage, to its one and only owner, our vendor. Finished in Connaught Green with Yarwood Beige interior piped green and matching carpets, options included; chrome wire wheels, Blaupunkt radio CD player, a side screen bag, a walnut dashboard and extra tread rubbers on the front wing – a typically Morgan extra!
Servicing on the car has largely been done by the supplying dealer and latterly by a local garage to our vendor. The history file includes the purchase invoice, servicing invoices, and previous MOT certificates to commensurate the mileage. A busy work life and other distractions in the garage mean that our vendor has barely used this burbling beauty, and has therefore covered an incredibly low 1,540 miles in his ownership.
Supplied with a UK V5c and an MOT until August ’17, rarely will you come across such a low mileage Morgan +8, and with this example looking as beautiful as the day it left the Pickersleigh Road factory, this car represents the opportunity to own a true British Sports Car.

If you’re interested in viewing this stunning vehicle, contact sales@holden.co.uk or call 01885 488 488.

2017 Classic Car Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is coming and it’s time to think about what you’re going to buy for the classic car enthusiast in your life. Whether they have a passion for car parts, a need for a new wardrobe or just adore all-things-country-living, we are certain that you’ll find what you’re looking for at Holden Vintage and Classic.

As well as a huge range of classic motoring clothing, we stock classic car memorabilia, hardwear and electricals, as well as classic car accessories and even classic car toys for children!

For gift inspirations, we have put together some of our favourite classic vehicle stocking filler ideas, main gifts for him and main gifts for her! But there’s plenty more to see on our website, and, for a limited time, a huge clothing sale you won’t want to miss.

Stocking Fillers for Him

Austin Healey Tie

Perfect for smart casual events, this vibrant classic car Austin Healey tie is guaranteed to be a conversation starter! £9.99.

Tyre Service Kit

A handy gift for any classic car owner, sold in a stylish retro tin. £12.50.

Union Jack Badge Set

This patriotic three part badge set will spruce up your classic attire and makes a perfect stocking filler. £8.25.

1929 Castrol Poster

On March 11th 1929 Major Sir Henry Segrave attained 231.36 mph in his Napier powered Golden Arrow at Daytona Beach to break the World’s Land Speed Record using Castrol Oils. This reproduction of an original Poster celebrates the event. £4.99.

VW Beetle Haynes Model

At 1:24 to scale, this wonderful VW Beetle Haynes Model is a fantastic collectors item and ideal for any Beetle enthusiast. £12.

Classic Car Clock

Add a piece of tasteful decor to your office desk with this 10″x10″ classic car clock. £32.95.

Turning A Series Engines Book

Enjoy this technical book on tuning for performance or economy. Ideal for anyone interested in learning more about the inner workings of their vehicle. £25.

Jack Murphy Ocean Socks

This vibrant pair of socks is not only smart to look at but soft against the skin too. Multiple sizes available. £2.

Stocking Fillers For Her

Morgan Mug

From a painting by Richard Wade, this Morgan Mug can be appreciated by Morgan owners and enthusiasts alike. £5.50.

Italian High Performance Cars Book

By Anthony Pritchard and Keith Davey. This is a reprinted book that covers the early history of Maserati, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Cisitalia, Osca, Isotta-Fraschini and Diatto. £19.95

Alpaca Fur Halo

Look elegant and feel warm in this chunky fur design headband made from 100% alpaca. Perfect for winter driving. £40.

French Cruisewear Socks

Keep your feet snug in the cooler seasons with this cute pair of French Cruisewear Socks. £2.91.

Jack Murphy Powder Room Scarf

Ideal for spring, this Jack Murphy floral scarf is elegant, chic and beautifully made. £7.00.

Main Gifts For Him

Metrinch Spanner Set

A man can never have too many spanners. Make sure your chap has his tool box nicely stocked with this Metrinch Spanner Set. £77.26.

Tool Roll Leather for 8 Tools

Need somewhere to keep a few extra tools? You can do not better than this convenient and easy to store tool roll leather. £62.70.

Leather Toolbag 

Sophisticated and upmarket, this leather tool bag can hold a good number of tools and features two straps and gold plated buckles. £99.

Neoprene Sligo Wellingtons

A handy and versatile pair of Wellington boots, perfect for country living and long walks in muddier terrain. £50.

Jack Murphy Men’s Shirt

Made from 100% cotton, this Jack Murphy long sleeved checked shirt will look fantastic paired with jeans or chinos on Christmas Day! £20.

Dara Quilted Wax Jacket

Cosy and warm, the Dara Quilted Wax Jacket is perfect for cold seasons. £87.50.

Boston Felt Hat by Jack Murphy

This is a versatile, crushable wool felt hat with a leather trim band and branded pin badge to add a touch of style. £29.16.

Flying Jacket

The Holden Aviator flying jacket is British made and quite possibly the softest lightest flying jacket you can buy. It weighs about 20% less than traditional flying Jackets making it super comfortable and flexible. £495.



Main Gifts For Women

Wool Scarf

Wrap up nice and warm in this stunning crimson blue wool scarf. Ideal for top down motoring. £18.

Esther Ladies Tweed Jacket

Look sophisticated in this classic styled ladies tweed jacket with a detachable faux fur collar and velet detailing. £110.

Omogen Ladies Jacket

The Omogen Waxed Cotton Jacket by Jack Murphy is a chic, classic styled ladies waxed jacket made from British waxed cotton. Perfect in all seasons. £100.

Classic Car Plates

Artist Richard Wade brings you charismatic renditions of an Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG and Morgan with these gorgeous classic motoring china plates. £40.

Katie Sweater By Jack Murphy 

The eye catching Katy Sweater is a classic cable knit v-neck sweater with a luxurious touch of cashmere. Perfect for Christmas Day. £25.

For more gift inspiration or to buy gift vouchers, head over to our website.


(Please note all prices noted above exclude VAT)

November Classic Motoring Events

November plays host to some spectacular classic vehicle events across Britain and beyond, from fun-packed autojumbles to the longest running class car show in the world!
Here’s our top picks:

4th November 2017 Regent Street Motor Show

London’s iconic Regent Street is set to close on Saturday 4th November in order to make way for an extraordinary variety of classic and veteran cars spanning 125 years. This year, the motor show is partnered with Route 66, and there will be an emphasis on American culture, with one luckily competition winner gaining the opportunity to visit Illinois, USA. This event is completely free and a must-see for the whole family.

5th November 2017 London To Brighton Veteran Car Run

The Veteran Car Run is the longest running motoring event in the world, and is in its 121st year. This year will feature a Bonhams Sale of Veteran Motorcars and automobilia, a French themed reception, an appearance at the Regent Street Motor Show and lunch at Pall Mall. To access the full brochure of information and view entry prices, click here.

10-12th November Lancashire Insurance Classic Motor Show NEC Birmingham

Last month we hosted a competition for two lucky winners to enjoy a day at the Lancashire Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham, and those winners have now been selected! This event is guaranteed to impress any classic car enthusiast. It promises a display of over 2,500 classic vehicles, 650 exhibits and a huge autojumble. If you didn’t win any tickets but still want to go, you can purchase them online here.

11th November 2017 The Lakelands Trial

Located at the World Heritage Site, Cumbria, the Lakelands Trial promises picturesque landscapes and a collection of stunning classic vehicles spanning the eras. Now in its 49th year, this event will feature Drumhouse and Routenbeck Rise as well as Hobcarton and Beck Wythop Forests. Drumhouse at Honister Slate Mine is the only spectator hill which has ample parking.

16th-21st November 2017 Beaujolais Run

The iconic Beaujolais Run begins in the UK and ends in Burgundy, and each year attracts supercars, kit cars, classic cars, 4x4s, specialist cars, daily drives and touring motorcycles. This makes it the perfect occasion for any petrol head or classic motoring enthusiast. Proceeds from this event go to the Air Ambulance. To enter please enquire via the website.

19th November 2017 Newark Autojumble

If you love shopping for your classic motor, you’ll love the Newark Autojumble. Featuring hundreds of indoors and outdoors trade spots, you will be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, no matter how obscure! There will also be a classic car display and refreshments. Tickets from £7.

26th November 2017 Malvern Drive-In Classic Car & Bike Autojumble

A wonderful day out, the Malvern Drive-In Classic Car & Bike Autojumble promises an exceptionally entertaining shopping experience guaranteed to give you the tools, parts and products you’re looking for. Opening time 10am-3pm. Refreshments available on site. Entry is £7.

26th November 2017 The Great British Land Rover Show

Returning to the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, the Great British Land Rover Show is perfect for all Land Rover owners and enthusiasts. This year will feature an off road course, a Land Rover walkway and live Land Rover workshops! Entry is £7.50 per adult.

Did you know that we currently have special offers across our country clothing range? Head over to the Holden Vintage & Classic website now and choose a sophisticated outfit to wear to your next classic motoring event.

This Week In The Workshop

This week, our days in the workshop have been both varied and interesting. The week began with a snagging list on the Dove Grey +4, as our customer had identified a couple of things that required attending to. These being slight misalignment of the rear bumper, the desire for a Moto Lita wood rim steering wheel, a luggage rack, and a slight mark on the hood cover, all of which were swiftly dealt with, as well as fitting clear indicator lenses to the front.

The car was handed over with all of the above attended to, and with every single blemish removed. This was, after all, the first brand new customer car hand over at Holden Morgan!

As well as dealing with the new +4 previously mentioned, the +8 awaiting it’s new exhaust system was tackled, with removal of the old, in advance of fitting the new!! The old having rusted and reached the end of its time, whilst the new waited, bubble-wrapped, and ready to fit. Once the old system was removed, the new fitted incredibly easily, very much a quality product, properly engineered and beautifully made. Keep an eye on the website, as we will shortly be listing more Librands products!!

Having finished the exhaust system and fully appreciated the V8 growl in the confines of the workshop, an oil leak around the sump pan was dealt with as well as a new oil filter and a fill of fresh Castrol Magnatec, plus a look at the rear brakes as they seemed to be binding a little

Fitted into this packed schedule, a slight body repair to a Roadster, as the rear valance beneath the bumper was deemed to be a little misshaped, something that was swiftly, yet carefully dealt with!

To end the week and also add a little intrigue to next week, an addition to the Holden Morgan fleet, in the form of an ‘Interim’ +4, very much a rarity in the Morgan world and something which will be expanded on next week…… Suffice to say it arrived by trailer, hasn’t run for many years and will be a very interesting project, once we have all recovered from the trauma of unloading the car!