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1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car

Sale price: $13,200.00 make an offer

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Date: 2014-03-26
ronald holt (from sun city az) offered 13,200 usd
Date: 2014-05-13
Hi..still available? Steve offered usd
Car location: Prescott, Arizona, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: other makes
Year: 1953
Mileage: 999,999
Engine: 4 cylinder gas
Trim: Stock
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car for sale

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1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car Photo
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car
  • 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Radiator 2 Seat Roadster-Great Project-Rare Car

I am a believer that once you realize you are not going to get to a project in a timely manner. it's time to fold and let the next guy get a crack at it. And in a case like this with less than 200 of these Flat Rad Morgan Plus Fours made. it is the right thing to do. This particular car is just too nice. too complete. too rust-free. too straight. too unplayed with. too good of wood to just let sit around until I get around to it. And we all know what happens what I will get around to it means. I probably won't.
This is a 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Flat Nose. According to the license plate. the last time it was on the road was 1959. And it shows only 46. 00 miles or so on the odometer. I dragged it out of a stand alone garage up in the mountains of Arizona. It had been sitting in a guys garage. more or less alone for two and a half decades. I am tempted to use that new buzzword 'barn find. ' But it wasn't a barn; it was actually a pretty nice garage I wouldn't mind having myself. The guy I got it from had a flat nose Morgan back in high school and got this one 25 years ago with intentions of getting it back to its glory days so he could relive his. You know how the rest of the story goes. he never got around to it. and like his youth. the restoration slipped away from him. He did spend some of that time collecting the few missing parts the car didn't have. He did his collecting long enough ago that he got the majority of the missing parts from the Morgan factory. Try doing that today. I've had a number of Morgans over the years. including one of the factory propane power ones. When I saw this one. I had an moral responsibility to get it out of there. Now I am the one leaving it to just sit around collecting dust. And it looks like I won't be getting to it anytime in the near future. Which. experiences shows. will turn into the far future. until I just won't get to it at all.
This dual spare. 2 seater body is remarkably clean. straight. rust-free. and original. Especially for a car off the road for at least 40 years and part of that time was outside stored under a tarp. So it is not showroom looking. bright shiny paint. knockout interior and so on. But then again. you would be lucky to look half as good as this if you spent the last half century like the Tin Man. What this car lacks in looks now makes it up big time in the bones department.  I have found very little rust on it. Even more amazing is the wood. which is always either rotted or fried. is neither. The wood is actually in incredible shape considering the circumstances. It is solid as can be with no obvious signs of rot anywhere. The doors do not sag a bit when opened.  The car  was repainted by the owner before the guy I got it from. who was the first owner. That's the roundabout way of saying I am owner number 3. Sadly only one of the owners ever got to drive it. It was originally Robin Egg Blue which the previous owner got confirmed by the Morgan factory with the Morgan Chassis Record I will include. I can only imagine how gorgeous that color would look. I'm not saying the current paint scheme is ugly.  But no show winner either.  The gauges are all there. Including the incredibly rare. incredibly neat. and totally irreplaceable speedometer/ clock gauge. I've been around British cars. and by default Smiths gauges. all my long life and have never come across another speedometer/clock gauge. It even has 'Morgan' enscribed on it. All the gauges will have to be cleaned up and probably rebuilt. But that's the easy part. Finding them is the hard part. There is a new ignition assembly with key from the Morgan factory. I don't know how the previous owner pulled that off. but he did. More incredibly. he got two brand new (at the time) front fender lights. again. from the Morgan factory that will of course be included with the car. I do have a front bumper as well. It came from the previous-previous owner and I think it is NOS and has not been installed ever.   The only thing I have found that is missing is one single front bumper bracket. Thank god it's just an easily fabricated bumper bracket. The first owner evidently did not like the fender lights so he removed them and was in the process of filling in the mounting areas. He welded metal and was smoothing it over with fiberglass. Why. I do not know but easily fixed.
The interior. well the important thing is it is all there. Arizona is great for keeping cars rust-free. Not so great for keeping interiors supple (which makes the condition of the wood all that more amazing to me by the way). If you're one of those survivor car guys who likes getting cars running. stopping. and that's it. I guess you could maybe bring back the seats. sort of. But for the rest of us. they will need to be redone. The top frame is complete. The probably original top and tonneau are included but of course are not too hot of shape. The sidecurtains are there but the plexiglass needs replacing.   I even have a pair of Brookland Windscreens that came with the car. are correct for the car. and will go with the car. Get this. it even has the original tool kit in its original dried up leather pouch. the original jack and hand crank.
The engine and transmission are original to the the car. It's all there. Not sure how far off it is from starting. But anyone familiar with these old tractor engines knows you're never all that far off from getting it going again. I don't want to give a history lesson here. but even my Morgan buddies are not entirely familiar with the particulars of these. The engine is a Standard Vanguard 2088cc. Engine Number V 571 ME.  I. along with an awful lot of my Morgan buddies. thought it was supposed to be a TR2 engine. It is not. On the rare occasions you see a flat nose +4 (in pictures most likely. ) and you're told it's a TR2 engine. it is not original. The TR2 used a 2088cc Vanguard engine as a base and tweaked it from there. My understanding is most owners swapped out to a TR2 engine. I am not knocking nor turning my nose up at the swap. Plenty of good reasons to do that. Personally I love those early Triumph engines. BUT it is not original and never will be. If for some reason you do not want to keep this Morgan original. I have a TR2 engine hanging around in my barn that we can make a separate. reasonable deal for. I won't fault or shame you either. I just ask you please keep the Vanguard engine around for history's sake. I have a redone vintage Lawrence aluminum valve cover that I am including with the car. I also have a new NOS set of early Weber 42 sidedraft carbs with horns and intake that will work with this car we can talk about. Also have a Jaguar XK150 tranny with overdrive and bell housing that also will work here.  I have a letter of authenticity from Morgan verifying everything. I even have the original 1953 Fergus Motors instruction manual for this car to get you started. And I mean it came with THIS car. Obviously someone is going to have to totally go through it. But what a base to start with! Even my Japanese car loving son (where did I go wrong?) is bugging me to keep it and put it in the will for him. But like me. he says he won't be able to get to it any time soon either. So I guess as the saying goes. if you love something. set it free. I doubt you will find a more complete. a more rustfree and original Flat Rad out there anywhere than this one to work with as a project. Full payment must be received within 7 days of auction end. I travel around the country with my truck and trailer and can help get it to you or close for reasonable money. And arranging overseas shipping is no problem. Let me know if you have any questions or need any different pictures. Personal inspection is more than welcome. Let me know and I will arrange it.

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Comments and questions to the seller:

from Lynes, dated 22 july 2015
have you sold the morgan flar rad?8614

from Mike samson, dated 18 may 2015
Is the Morgan still for sale

from Steve, dated 13 may 2014
Still available?

from Steven Doi, dated 14 april 2014
Hello, Is the Morgan still available? I had contacted you while it was listed on EBAY a while back. You had mentioned that you could transport it to San Jose for about $500 (time not of the essence). I am looking at the EBAY 1953 flat rad on EBAY right now for about $8,500. It's taken apart, missing a transmission gear, needs a few things, but it is in Campbell, CA about 3 miles from me. I've rebuilt a 57' plus 4 and had a 1935 4 seater in my youth and might try to relive my youth. Hope to hear from you. (408)310-7773

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