Car of the Month
CAR OF THE MONTH 134: March 2019
1939 Morgan 4-4
The Morgan 4/4 (originally "4-4", it became "4/4" in 1955) has been in production by the Morgan Motor Company since 1936 to the present day, with two short breaks during World War II and the early 1950s. Its name refers to four wheels and four cylinders (engine), as before 1936 Morgan sports cars had been three wheelers usually fitted with V-twin (V2) cylinder engines. Many changes have occurred during the model's long lifespan, but this family-owned business continues to produce hand-built iconic British sports cars (over 1300 per year) to individual customer order at its factory at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. This particular car, manufactured 80 years ago, is a Series I 4-4 with a Coventry Climax 1122cc engine developing 35bhp and capable of a top speed of 76mph. When new it cost £199 (equivalent to under £14,000 today), while a brand new Morgan 4/4 is currently being offered for sale at a starting price of just over £40,000.