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1981 Morgan +8 Class'A' Race Car

Lot No.: TBA

Registration: PBV 85X
Chassis Number: Not Specified
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 4600
Year of Manufacture: 1981
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 40,000 - 44,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
  • Built in 1998/9 by Morgan motorsport specialist Chas Windridge & Pete Mulberry of Mogsport
  • Running a John Eales Developments 4.6-litre V8 engine pushing our 369 bhp
  • Numerous class wins & overall race wins in the Morgan Challenge and other race meetings
  • Eligible for the AR Morgan Challenge, CS and CC Future Classics, Modsports and in Europe-Youngtimers and ASAVE

Introduced in 1968, the Morgan Plus 8 was immediately popular and remained in production for 36 years, an income stream that has been widely credited with keeping the company afloat during difficult times. Design and development of the Plus 8 were led by the larger-than-life, Maurice Owen, a race engineer taken on specifically for the role. The Plus 8 prototype was based on a modified version of the Plus 4, to which was added a Rover 3.5 litre V8, purchased from GM-Buick in 1967. The Plus 4's 4-speed manual Moss gearbox with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th was carried over and the Salisbury 7HA axle was uprated with a limited slip differential. 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.  

Built by highly respected Morgan race preparers, Chas Windridge and Peter Mulberry of MogSport in 1998/9, this car was piloted to many class wins and outright victories in both the Morgan Challenge and other championships by Rick Lloyd. In Rick’s capable hands, this car traded times at every race meeting with well-known fellow Plus 8 racer Keith Ahlers and the two protagonists produced some of the most titanic battles the championship had ever seen. 

The specification of this car is incredibly high and includes:

  • A full race John Eales 4.6 litre V8 engine with under 5 hours running time
  • Full-width Mulfab alloy radiator
  • 4x Twin Choke downdraught Jenveys running forced air induction and direct fuel injection linked to a Motec M4 onboard computer
  • 5-speed Getrag gearbox with dog-leg first gear. 
  • BTR Limited Slip Differential Rear Axle
  • Front and rear adjustable coil-overs and Gaz shock absorbers
  • AP Racing 4-pot callipers on the front, Wilwood 4-pot at the rear
  • Front (full floating) and rear drilled and vented brake discs
  • 1 spare set of centre lock split rim alloys wheels with Hoosier wet tyres
  • Full Custom cages roll cage with side and scuttle bars
  • 80-litre alloy bagged fuel tank
  • Plumbed in fire extinguisher 
In its current specification, the car is eligible for the AR Morgan Challenge, CS and CC Future Classics, and Modsports and in Europe-Youngtimers, ASAVE. Modsports and others. Campaigned by our vendor (Paul Conway) over the last few years in Europe and achieving a number of race wins and podium positions, the car is now offered for sale. In short, in the right hands, this car is blisteringly quick and has the potential to be a front-runner in any of the above race series.
Supplied with a UK V5c, a centre-lock dedicated torque-wrench and a spare set of split-rim alloys shod with wet tyres, this rapid Morgan provides a super opportunity to run at the front in the exciting and well-attended AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge.