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Let the Wood (and Aluminum) Roll: A Tour of Morgan Company s Factory

While at Motor s headquarters in the U.K. in to having a more serious with Charles Morgan. we the factory facilities. Morgan s archivist, Martyn Webb, us an in-depth tour.

Webb embodies the company spirit: to joining Morgan, he spent than 20 years in the Royal Air as an engineer, and later ran his own cabinetmaking He grew up in Malvern Link, the where Morgan has been since it was founded in 1910, and put his RAF paycheck towards the purchase of one of the s roadsters. After Webb and wrote a detailed history of the a few years ago, Charles asked him to join the company as its archivist, and sometimes tour

The small museum on the grounds two cars belonging to him, one reproduction of the first-ever Morgan—which he entirely on his own, on the basis of and a handful of design sketches.

The Morgan facility is located on a sloping hill. It allows to move in-progress cars building to building by hopping the driver s seat to steer and gravity take care of the

The Classic Morgan—which also by the names Roadster, 4/4, 4, and Four-Seater, depending on the specification—is framed in ash wood. (There s wood on other models, the 3-wheeler, but as you ll see that s just it s easy to use for shaping the body The chassis is built separately the body shell, which is much later. As with all of the materials Morgan uses, the ash from a local British Morgan doesn t buy materials and from local firms it s trendy or environmentally friendly; is simply how business has been for the past 100 years.

This frame came out of a 1950s-vintage roadster, and is in remarkably condition, with no rot. It is restored by a craftsman named who is Morgan s go-to guy for classic-car work. The company still has all the and molds for components in earlier have been some over the years, after

Nigel may have been in the when this car was constructed 50 ago; his father worked his career in Morgan s wood too.

There s rather a lot of tradition in the buildings. These rollers to 1912.

Underneath the retro-looking 8. Morgan uses a modern chassis. The aluminum chassis from a local supplier, but the panels are cut and shaped by hand single sheets on site.

a prototype Plus E roadster. In it s a Plus 8 aluminum chassis battery packs and an electric It was developed in conjunction with a company called Zytek which designs and builds motors for automobiles.


The tubular of the Morgan 3-wheeler. The SS engine is in Wisconsin—if you re a motorcycle fan, you ll it as a common V-Twin-style unit—and it 115 hp. Morgan custom-developed a unit to the engine to a five-speed manual from the Mazda MX-5

The 3-wheeler s tubular underpinnings essentially drop into ash-wood tub, which serves as a convenient way to connect the to the aluminum body shell.

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shells for the 3-wheeler are momentarily outside. Immense demand for the has left the company without indoor space for storage the work day.

Back workers are mating the chassis and for a range-topping Aero Supersports A small Morgan logo is installed over the letters BMW on the V-8 engine. BMW supplies the V-8 as well as systems for the eight-cylinder Morgans.

models come with a of Ford inline-4 and V-6 engines.

Morgan s manufacturing staff is to be craftsmen—there are even apprentices—each in a specific part of vehicle In this area, interior install dashboards, trim, and all of the The leather is shipped on rolls, and cut and on the factory floor.

Vehicles are completed with a inspection and preparation for shipping. drives usually happen the body shell is attached to a making for some very looks from other

Morgan s version of a subcontractor is bloke, who works for the commercial company that makes for the cars. This particular is a Superdry edition, which not to the car s all-weather abilities (there s no of any kind) but to a popular offbeat clothing chain.

Other wiring, there s virtually no in or on any of Morgan s cars. One worthwhile was made for the start button in the It s the same exact start used for the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, and of course comes the same British supplier.

The end result, such as this 8 (driven by the company s designer), t be further removed from commodities.

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