Morgan Plus 4 with the Aero Racing Sports Exhaust System

On Easter Monday we were invited to lunch at the Pian dei Resinelli. We managed to get a short hand-held video clip.

This is the Plus 4 with the Aero Racing Sports Exhaust System.

A short hand held video of a section of the road that climbs from Ballabio to Pian dei Resinelli above Lake Como.

In the background you can just hear the CD player with the volume turned down. You can also hear the birds (nice) and every bump in a terrible piece of road (not so nice).

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Bringing home our New Morgan Plus 4

We have just arrived home with our new Morgan Plus 4. Home is on Lake Como and our road trip to return from the factory in Malvern was just under 3,000 km. But our story really commences in October last year when we visited the Morgan factory in Malvern and test drove a Plus 4.

As we drove in the works gate we saw a Plus 4 in exactly the colours we had thought of buying. We both said “look they have our car ready for us!” As it turned out that was the car we were to take for a test drive and in due course we exited the factory gate and headed towards Ledbury. We were lucky with both the weather and the traffic and were able to drive with the hood down in warm sunshine at a reasonably smart pace. Following a short walk around Ledbury we somewhat reluctantly headed back to surrender the car.

After returning to the factory we tagged on to the next factory tour, which we enjoyed enormously. We took the opportunity to ask questions about some of the cars we saw in production. Morgan must have the most enthusiastic staff of any automotive factory in the world and we always received a willing response with a smile.

At the end of the day, after many discussions about colour choices, we decided to order the car for delivery in March: Sports Ivory with Mulberry upholstery and a list of extras that just kept growing all by itself. Continue reading

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Visit to the Morgan car factory

We had a very pleasant visit to Malvern and the factory. After a certain amount of research on the internet we decided to stay at the Cotford Hotel. The rooms have a certain old fashioned charm and are quite comfortable. Barbara was very attentive and helpful with a small travel requirement. The restaurant is nothing less than superb, Chris is simply a genius in the kitchen and the staff are attentive and give service with a smile.

We arrived a little late for our appointment at the factory and as we drove in the gate we saw a Plus 4 in exactly the colours we had thought of buying. We both said “look they have our car ready for us!”

As it turned out that was the car we were to take for a test drive and in due course we exited the factory gate and headed towards Ledbury. We were lucky with both the weather and the traffic and were able to drive with the hood down in warm sunshine and were able to get along at a reasonably smart pace. Following a short walk around Ledbury we somewhat reluctantly headed back to surrender the car.

My impressions: I found the ride much more comfortable than that of my friends 4/4 and I liked the extra power and torque. In general terms I liked the handling and the steering response. The car has a pleasant exhaust note and at 50 mph the total noise, engine, road, wind etc., did not present any problems to conversation. On the negative side I am not entirely comfortable with the resistance (return spring pressure?) and the length of travel of the brake pedal. I guess that is something I will get used to.

After returning to the factory we tagged on to the next factory tour and very much enjoyed our visit. We took the opportunity to ask questions about some of the cars we saw in production. Morgan must have the most enthusiastic staff of any automotive factory in the world and we always received a willing response with a smile.

At the end of the day, after many discussions about colour choices, we decided to order the following car and options:

Morgan Plus 4 (LHD)

Colour Sports Ivory

Leather upholstery in Mulberry

Reclining Sports Seats

Mohair hood in Maroon

Walnut dashboard

Air conditioning

Elasticated door pockets

Map reading light

Clock

Radio CD inc. speakers etc

Spare wheel cover

4 Tread rubbers

Luggage rack

Digital photo build book

Battery conditioner

Webflex car cover (outdoor / indoor use)

I am undecided about sun visors and a little unsure whether to stay with the 4 tread rubbers or have no tread rubbers at all for that clean look. We have, and still are thinking of an alternative of interior trim in Saddle Brown with a black hood (the brown mohair unfortunately does not match any of the leather choices).

I have to say that we like the classic look of the colours we have chosen but also feel we are being a little unadventurous for what is essentially an adventurous car. Two other options considered are blue with beige upholstery or a deep metallic burgundy which also looks good with beige upholstery. Unfortunately a beige hood, whilst looking nice, would be very difficult to keep clean.

We are expecting to take delivery at the end of February or in the first week of March so we have time to change our minds on colours or refine our choices a little.

The drive home to Lake Como will be something to look forward to during the cold winter months.

Sorry about such a long post. I hope some find it interesting. Any and all comments greatly appreciated.

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The snow has arrived in Mandello

This morning it started snowing with a vengeance. Everything, even near the lake, is covered in snow. I went out this morning shortly after it started but within an hour the roads were a slippery white and vehicles were sliding all over the place. My car is an Alfa Romeo Crosswagon, which means it has full time four wheel drive. Even so I had trouble coming down a steep hill and I did my best to avoid any steep roads after that.

We were going to go to Lecco this evening to eat a pizza with friends but we have decided to stay local. It is not so much that we are worried about getting stuck but if someone else blocks the road we may have trouble getting home.

Alis has just come back in after going out for a few minutes. She tells me that now it has got dark and the temperature has dropped well below zero the roads and paths have become very icy.

Some sun is forecast for tomorrow and I will try to get a photo attached to this post.

Anyway now that this weather seems to have set in it is too cold to work in the workshop (no heating) and at least I will be able to spend some time on the retro blog of our trip in Australia.

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