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**SOLD** 1957 Morgan Plus 4 - 2 Seater Race Car.

Description

1957 Morgan Plus 4 - 2 Seater Race Car.

- Built in RHD but supplied new to America and raced there by its first and subsequent owners
- Competed at 1999 Goodwood Revival
- Stainless steel fuel tank
- All steel bodywork
- Original chassis, body and engine
- Competition history in USA at Laguna Seca and other tracks
- Excellent history file

The paperwork on file from the Morgan Motor Company suggests chassis 3831 was completed on 21st November 1957. Finished in Green with Black leather, its specification included: 'tuned engine, wire wheels, full tonneau and luggage rack'. Road registered as 'THX 941', the Plus 4 was despatched to California on 4th February 1958 where it began a long and successful competition career. Raced by first owner George Pridmore in Sports Car Club of America events (1958-60), his successor - Irv Cox - entered the two-seater for various auto cross and hill climb meetings. Uprated with disc front brakes during the early 1960s, the Morgan resumed circuit racing with the SCCA in 1963 thanks to new owner, Robert E. Crussell.

Mr Crussell campaigned the Plus 4 in regional and national events up and down the West Coast until 1970. Interestingly, that same year also saw chassis 3831 contest a support race during the October 16th-18th Castrol Monterey Grand Prix meeting (one of two International level events on its competition CV). Uprated by engineer Roy 'Grump' Pogue to the maximum extent allowed under SCCA Class E regulations, the two-seater acquired the oil cooler from a F86 Sabre fighter jet, the limited slip differential-equipped back axle from a Triumph TR3 (reputedly ex-Works), tie rods and wider steel wheels / wings. Laid up from 1971-1984, the Morgan resumed racing with John Burks, Lynn Powell (for owner Barbara Killeen) and Norm Martin before being repatriated by Ken Johnstone during 1995.

Entering the current ownership the following year, chassis 3831 was treated to an extensive 'chassis up' restoration. Despite decades of competition usage, California's clement climate meant that the Morgan was found to pleasingly retain its factory-fitted chassis, engine and body tub plus much of its original woodwork. Boasting a welded-in roll cage, stainless steel fuel tank, full flow oil filter and electric cooling fan, the Morgan contested the second Goodwood Revival meeting in 1999 but has otherwise been enjoyed as a fast road car. Benefiting from a re-core of its original radiator and carburettor overhaul in 2015 together with a new starter motor.

We have, what can almost be described as a suitcase full of paperwork for this car. You will have to put aside a full afternoon to read through and adsorb all the information.

Please note that descriptions are produced from information provided by the vendors. We highly recommend that you view in person any potential purchase and take time to inspect paperwork - please call us to arrange an appointment on 01751 477555. Thank you

Specification

  • Lot Number: 23
  • Year: 1957
  • Make: Morgan
  • Model: 4x4
  • Registration: TXH 941
  • Engine Size: 1991
  • Estimate: £21,000 - £23,000
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