Morgan reveals limited-edition 50th anniversary Plus 8

| 6 Mar 2018

Morgan has unveiled its limited-edition anniversary edition of the iconic Plus 8 at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Just 50 models of the Plus 8 50th Anniversary will be produced, with each individually numbered car costing at least  £107,500. Still, for that significant outlay you do also get a Christopher Ward C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer watch, which rather charmingly features a piece of the original ‘MMC 11’ 1968 prototype Plus 8 in the back plate.

It'll be available in two distinct versions – the Racing Green model with a soft top that's pictured above, or the blue ‘speedster spec’ model below; both can be ordered in left- or right-hand drive, and manual or automatic.

Whichever version you go for, it'll run on the naturally aspirated 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine – the last Morgan to do so. And as you'd expect, it'll be pretty nippy: capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and with a top speed of 155 mph.

The Plus 8 50th Anniversary car pays homage to its history in multiple ways, from the spun aluminium domed panel on its rear to the sporty white brake calipers and ceramic-coated twin-cannon-style white exhaust tips.

Steve Morris, Morgan Motor Company's Managing Director, said, “For many, the Plus 8 is the archetypal British sports car combining handcrafted, bespoke luxury with exhilarating performance – and that’s exactly why the Plus 8 has been a mainstay of the Morgan range for 50 years."

Jon Wells, Morgan's Head of Design, added, “The Plus 8 has always been the driver’s Morgan.

"Born on the racetrack, and having been no stranger to it since, has meant performance pedigree underpins every Plus 8. When combined with an uncompromising attention to craftsmanship, luxury and material choice, there is no more desirable Gentleman racer.” 

Morgan also revealed pictures of its last iteration of the Aero 8 sports car, the Aero GT.

A mere eight GT variants will be hand-crafted to a bespoke spec for customers, who'll have to shell out at least £120,000 plus tax for the privilege.

As with the Plus 8 Anniversary, it'll be powered by BMW's N62 V8 engine, which will then be retired from use once the run is completed.