Morgan Roadster, What’s Old Is New

The Morgan Roadster may appear to be an old-timey touring vehicle, but don’t let that fool you – it has only been around since 2004, as a replacement for the Morgan Plus 8 (the only difference being updated Ford V6 mechanicals). Touted as a powerful, luxurious, classically styled vehicle suited for long drives, the Roadster manages to do this with the help of an aluminum, galvanized steel and ash wood body, a new, lighter engine (more power, less torque), and better fuel economy.

The luxurious qualities of the Morgan Roadster include air conditioning (standard in U.S. models), natural leather, and ash wood, with a top speed of 140mph (It can go from 0-62 in about 5 1/2 seconds). It’s available as a two-seater or four-seater, in a small range of classic colors, including Royal Ivory, Corsa Red, Indigo Blue, Connaught Green, and Black, as single colors or in two-tone combinations.

It has a six-cylinder Ford 3.7 Cyclone V6 engine and a six speed transmission, a fifteen gallon gas tank, and gets on average almost twenty-nine miles per gallon. It weights 2,072 pounds with a maximum weight (including passengers) of 3,086 pounds. The average ground clearance for a two-seater is just about four inches.

Styled as a sports car for the extremely wealthy, the Morgan Roadster hearkens back to an earlier time, perhaps the Industrial Age or the Roaring 20’s, when people had more wealth than wants, able to purchase personalized items in every category imaginable. The Roadster is similarly imminently customizable, each vehicle made to specifications by the purchaser, with choices ranging from special paint options and custom stitchwork.

The Morgan Motor Company, situated in the United Kingdom, offers luxury sports cars including the Morgan Roadster, and driving accessories (such as tailored driving jackets, aviator goggles, and leather wheel covers)  for sale to complement a high-class lifestyle.