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The F-Types

As sales of the V-twin model dwindled in the 1930s, it became high time for HFS to take a step forward. This he did, by designing a Z-section, instead of tubular, chassis. He remained faithful to his orginal, patented, independent front suspension, though.The result was the first Morgan without exposed engine up front, but under a proper bonnet.
The Factory F4, in which Charles Morgan passed his driving test, is on permanent display among other important cars, in front of the offices. They get plenty of attention during the guided tours.

The engine was the first of a long series of Ford-engines to be used by Morgan throughout its history.

It was a 4-cylinder of 933cc capacity, the first 4-cylinder ever to appear in a Morgan production model. Coming from Ford, it was a reliable engine, but did not deliver sporting performance. The first F-type was 4-seater model, later known as F4.

The Family model still was in production, as was the Sports Family. Yet, the F4 provided a bit more comfortable and reliable motoring at a price comparable to the Sports Family.

In the early years of the F-type, it was selling relatively well, but soon it became apparent that most mass produced motor cars gave better value for money.

The F2 (a 2-seater, with the same Ford 933cc engine) was added to the range for the 1936 model year.

A more sporting version of the F-type appeared two years later: the F Super Sports.

While essentially the same car, its chassis had been shortened, while its bodywork looked like that of the V-twin Super Sports. It was equipped with the 10hp Ford 1172cc engine.

It was renamed F Super for 1939.

Belgian enthusiast Hedwig Rodijns ran quite a few rallies in a yellow F-Super. The particular car has been sold, but replaced by another one! Photo Bob Burrows



The F Super and F4 continued to be built in very small numbers, also after World War II.

The last ones left The Factory during 1952.

While they provide reliable motoring in an attractive fashion, the F-types have never reached the popularity of the Aero, Sports and Super Sports models.

In comparison, they are quite cheap in purchase and also economical to run. Spare engine parts are not a real problem. as their engines also were used in real mass produced cars.

Belgian Hedwig Rodijns has proved many times that the F Super is utterly reliable in rallies, also in extreme cold and slippery conditions.