Morgan Motor Company To Celebrate 50 Years Of The Iconic Plus 8 With Limited Edition Anniversary Model Due In 2018

Morgan Motor Company will celebrate its most iconic Plus 8 with a 50th Anniversary Special Edition. The British marque has today released teaser images and video for the exclusive special edition ahead of its much-anticipated reveal at the Geneva Motor Show. 

The family-owned, bespoke sports car manufacturer will produce 50 of the special edition models, each to be sold through their existing Dealership network. The Plus 8 50th anniversary edition will be a true V8-powered thoroughbred tribute to Morgan’s most celebrated 4-wheeled model.

Morgan’s crowning vehicle for fifty years, the Morgan Plus 8 continues to pioneer new technology within the classic Morgan bloodline. Deriving its name from the famed eight cylinder engines it has adopted throughout its 50 years, the Plus 8 consistently offers the greatest power to weight ratio of any Morgan.

The Morgan Plus 8 is the ultimate combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. A lightweight aluminium chassis and 4.8 litre BMW engine sit beneath the traditional Morgan body. At just 1100kg, the Plus 8 is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
First conceived by Peter Morgan, the head-turning Plus 8 prototype was revealed to the public at the Earls Court Motor Show of 1968. With a Rover V8 engine and a Moss gear box, the original Plus 8 was based on a Plus 4, however was proportionally bigger and featured a large number of changed or upgraded hand-crafted parts.

The British coachbuilder’s first Plus 8 production model, MMC11, was one of the most successful cars that the company has ever built, and production continued for 36 years. Approximately 6,000 Plus 8s were built at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory until the model was discontinued in 2004 when the production of Rover V8 engines ceased.

In 2012, the Plus 8 was reborn into the Morgan range, on a lightweight aluminium chassis with the powerful 4.8 litre BMW engine, as used in the Aero range. With a restyled body, the new Plus 8 was proportionally larger and significantly quicker than any ‘classic’ Morgan before it.

This very special car will be the star of the show on the Morgan stand when it makes its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next March alongside the race inspired Aero GT. 
Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said:
 
“The Plus 8 has always been the driver’s Morgan. Born of the racetrack, and having been no stranger to it since, has meant performance pedigree underpins every Plus 8 we have built. The Plus 8 has raced, and won, all over the world and has a fanatical following among Morgan owners. 
 
“We can’t reveal everything about the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Special Edition yet but we’re excited to show some teaser images today. We can’t wait to unveil the car at Geneva in March.”

Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor company said:

“Each design detail of the Plus 8 50th has been considered to celebrate the Plus 8 and what it has meant to Morgan and its customers over the last 50 years. This famous V8 was a darling of the automotive industry in the sixties and has today become an unrivalled machine offering raw exhilaration and effortless power delivery. Overlooking the long wide bonnet sat directly on the rear axle, when driving a plus 8 you are very aware of, not just its sound track, but its significance and its capability. The design of this special final edition hopes to do both justice.”

Holden Morgan have secured two build slots secured for this iconic car. Contact us now to ensure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Contact Katie@holden.co.uk or call us on (0) 1885 488488

 

Holden Morgan At Run For The Hills

Last weekend thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts travelled from around the globe to Run For The Hills, an extraordinary motoring festival organised and hosted by Morgan Motors.
This year, the team from Holden Morgan were in attendance and spent the weekend of the 26th and 27th August basking in the celebratory atmosphere and sunny weather.


As you know, Holden Vintage & Classic launched Holden Morgan back in May after enjoying a long relationship with Morgan Motors spanning four decades. Katie Turner, general manager of Holden Morgan, said “Run For The Hills gave us a fantastic opportunity to get to know some other Morgan dealers that we’ve not met before, as well as many Morgan enthusiasts from around the country. Everyone was so complimentary of Holden Morgan as well as Holden Vintage & Classic and expressed real interest in our recent move towards becoming a Morgan dealership.”
The work-in-progress Morgan Plus 4 restoration chassis displayed at the Holden Morgan stand was a big hit with spectators, many of whom were intrigued to discover the ambitious aim that the car will be ready for the Rally Africa in October 2018. A 4/4 currently available for sale was also parked up for viewing.

 

Thanks to the glorious weather and array of activities, the festival was buzzing with excitement on both the Saturday and Sunday. Particular highlights included the ‘Pickersleigh 3 Run’, which involved a proud parade of beautiful 3-wheelers, as well as some impressive craftsmanship demonstrations and the Bold Dog motorcycle display. On the Saturday evening an elegant gala dinner was held for guests, which included the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has under his belt a number of world records for his courageous expeditions.


Sunday saw some brilliant family entertainment including street style music, stilt walkers, a craft market and The Worcester Male Voice Choir. That evening, after a productive day talking to customers, the Holden Morgan team rested in a marquee and enjoyed a delightful spread of brie and rosé courtesy of two of our customers, while the festival concluded with a spectacular performance by the English Symphony Orchestra. This, as well as a stupendous fireworks display, marked the perfect end to an exhilarating weekend, and provided an opportunity for festival goers to sit back and relax as the sun set over a landscape of beautiful Morgan cars.

Holden Morgan Launch Review

On 26th May, more than 100 Morgan enthusiasts gathered at the brand new premises of Holden-Morgan to celebrate its launch.
Holden Vintage & Classic and Morgan Motors have enjoyed a long lasting relationship that’s spun 4 decades, starting in the 1970s when Jeremy Holden and his father met with Peter Morgan to discuss a bumper that Holden had produced. Following this, a close business relationship ensued; and with the Morgan factory being only a short drive from the Holden premises in the historic motoring town of Bromyard, it was completely fitting that the two companies should eventually join forces.
…And join forces they did! In April 2017, HoldenMorgan was born, and the launch proved only too well how much love there is still for the Morgan car throughout Bromyard and beyond.
The event was opened by Bromyard town crier Peder Nielsen at 3pm on a hot and sunny afternoon. The Holden car park was lined with shiny Morgans and in the showroom the prosecco was flowing. Guests also enjoyed refreshingly cold bottles of Holden’s very own Plus 8 beer, created especially for the occasion.
Following the arrival of the guests, Jeremy Holden, owner of HoldenMorgan, Dennis De Roos, Commercial Director and Katie Turner, General Manager, delivered a number of informative speeches about the history of the Holden Morgan relationship and exciting ventures ahead, before guests were able to roam the premises and enjoy the atmosphere.
Also in attendance was Councillor Fred Clark (the Mayor of Bromyard), Morgan’s purchasing director Gregor Dixon-Smith, and a number of tour guides from the Morgan factory – as well as Granville and Christine Orange, Holden Morgans very first customers who both became the proud owners of a MOG 3W!
Jeremy Holden said, “We are thrilled with the turnout at the launch of HoldenMorgan and the day couldn’t have gone any better. It was wonderful seeing so many Morgan enthusiasts together in one place, especially on such a beautiful sunny day. Even a number of unsuspecting visitors who turned up to the Holden Vintage & Classic shop for some engine oil ended up joining in with the occasion, leaving with a Holden Plus 8 beer in hand! We have much to look forward to, and I’d like to thank the team at HoldenMorgan, as well as everyone who attended, for making the occasion a memorable one”.