Morgan’s full lineup has been MIA ever since revised safety standards put virtually all of its four wheeled vehicles out of reach of many U.S. buyers. However, it appears that these tasty four wheeled treats maybe making a comeback if a recent statement from the brand’s key U.S. importer is to be believed.
Currently the only new Morgan available for U.S. buyers is the popular, but segment blurring 3-Wheeler. The model itself is formally known as a “cycle car” and because it is classified as a motorcycle, it does not have to follow the same safety standards that define four wheeled offerings. We had the chance to experience a 3-Wheeler a few years ago, and we praised its retro charm, as well as its tenacious performance characteristics. These two traits have allowed the 3-Wheeler to exceed its initial sales projections, and the trike has become one of the brand’s hottest selling models.
As for its four wheeled prospects, a recently signed U.S. law allows low production volume automakers like Morgan to offer reproductions for sale, which could give offerings like the Plus 4 a lucrative ticket to our shores. This was cemented further by a statement from California based Isis Imports which is the biggest Morgan dealer in the western U.S.
“While details remain to be finalized, the latest word from the Morgan Motor Company is that they anticipate opening the order books for new Morgan cars for the USA possibly as soon as this summer. It is possible that production may begin on U.S. spec cars before the end of the year” the importer revealed in a brief statement.
While the statement is brief, and does not reveal any hint on what model will exactly be offered, Isis revealed that it would most likely be a V6 powered Morgan roadster. Unlike the Aero 8 which makes use of a highly tweaked version of BMW’s 4.8 liter V8, the mystery model could arrive with a Ford sourced 3.7 liter naturally aspirated V6. The potent six cylinder is good for 280 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which would allow the retro themed convertible to make the sprint ti 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. In addition, the use of a Ford engine would also coincide with the Ford branded four cylinder engines that already see duty in the current generation 4/4 and Plus 4 models, while also catering to its heritage with Ford being the preferred supplier of choice for Series II and newer 4/4 models.
For its part, Morgan Motor Company has so far not issued a formal statement regarding Isis Import’s claims of a U.S. bound four wheeled model, but look for more information to perhaps be revealed later this summer when ordering for the unknown model is expected to be open. Morgan could also launch a teaser campaign right around that time as well with the theme being similar to the campaign that defined the current generation Aero 8 roadster.