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Morgan celebrates 100 years of going its own way

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A 53-year employee of Morgan Motor Company holds a handmade trophy awarded to winners in a factory football game.

Morgan is really pretty good at making nifty little videos that showcase the nifty little car company it is. The English fashioner of wood-framed automobiles and three-wheeled jitneys has done it again in commemoration of more than 100 years building cars at its factory in Pickersleigh.

Employees who’ve been in the family for anywhere from four to 53 years talk about what they’ve done, what they’ve seen and what they think about a carmaker still “doing things that aren’t needed,” like hand-rolling edges for each spare wheel cover. That’s ‘Taff’ Evans above, holding up the shop-made trophy for the winners of a long-defunct football match between The Old Ones and The Young Ones.

You can watch the video below. And we also recommend checking out Drive’s tour of the Morgan plant, which it called “The Most Honest Car Factory in the World.”

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April 11th, 2014

Celebrate 100 Years Of Morgan In One Spot With A Peek Into Their Shop

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Morgan is a company that still builds cars the old fashioned way, out of wood. A lot of their cars are still somehow thoroughly modern, but that doesn’t mean they’re assembled in a factory. No, they’re crafted, in a workshop. And this is what it looks like.

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April 10th, 2014

Celebrate 100 Years Of Morgan In One Spot With A Peek Into Their Shop

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Morgan is a company that still builds cars the old fashioned way, out of wood. A lot of their cars are still somehow thoroughly modern, but that doesn’t mean they’re assembled in a factory. No, they’re crafted, in a workshop. And this is what it looks like.

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April 10th, 2014

2014 Morgan 3 Wheeler Review

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2014 Morgan 3 Wheeler Review

Morgan first built a 3 wheeled car back in 1909, in fact it was their very first car. In 2011 they decided to revisit the 3 wheeler once more, based on the classic shape of the 1937 Super Aero, but with more modern underpinnings.

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April 5th, 2014

2014 Morgan Plus 4 is slightly less behind the times… but no less charming

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2014 Morgan Plus 4

While its lightweight roadsters can give both driver and passenger the sensation of speed with the wind rushing through their hair, things at the Morgan Motor Company tend to move rather slowly. The company has been around for over a hundred years, and still produces most of its models the way it always has. So when it announces even the most minor revisions to one of them, it’s a relative revolution – even if it’s not likely to make many headlines.

Case in point the um, ‘new’ 2014 Morgan Plus 4. It’s been in production since 1950, giving it an impossibly long 64-year lifespan so far, and it’s not likely to be replaced any time soon. So to keep it slightly less adrift of the times, Morgan has given it a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sourced (as it was before) from Ford that helps make it, along with the rest of the Morgan lineup, fully compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards. It’s also got a new dashboard and instruments and a spruced-up cabin.

Buyers will be able to choose between the two-seat version pictured here or the four-seater, not to mention the Aero Coupe, Aero Supersports, Plus 8, Roadster, 4/4 and of course the updated 3 Wheeler – each of them fully customizable and made to order according to the buyer’s tastes and requirements. Just so long as stepping into the 21st century isn’t among them.

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March 5th, 2014

Report: Morgan readying updated Plus 4 for Geneva

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Porsche is often mocked for only slightly evolving the look of the 911 over its 50 years of history, but compared to the cars from the Morgan Motor Company, the Germans look like constant innovators. For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Morgan plans to bring the most powerful version of its Plus 4 ever, along with the upgraded 2014 Three Wheeler.

A countdown on Morgan’s website presages the full reveal, but it is expected to retain a four-cylinder engine, which has always been a part of the car. A Morgan spokesperson told Autocar it will be “by far the most powerful Plus 4 ever.” Currently the old-school sports car uses a 2.0-liter Ford four-cylinder with 145 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque connected to a Mazda five-speed manual, which gets it to 62 miles per hour in about 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 118 mph.

The Plus 4 first entered production in 1950 as a more powerful alternative to the 4/4. Production of the original Plus 4 models ended in the ’60s, but Morgan saw a niche in the market in 1985 and brought the car back with an upgraded chassis but classic looks until 2000. It brought the name back again in 2005.

The Three Wheeler gets its European premiere in Switzerland, too, with a raft of upgrades to improve steering and driving comfort. It’s a great time to be interested in Morgan.

Morgan readying updated Plus 4 for Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 1st, 2014
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