The Aero 8
The fruits of Chris Lawrence's handiwork were launched
at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show and thus marked the beginning of the new
millennium for Morgan. Charles Morgan's daughters revealed the car to the
curious eyes of the assembled press. They were stunned with the high tech
chassis and electronics from an old fashioned firm like Morgan.
With the BMW engine under the bonnet, the performance of
the +8 was quickly forgotten. The car was definitely on a higher level -and in a
higher price class- than any Morgan before it. One of the disadvantages for
would be owners was that it simply would be impossible for them to work on the
car themselves. Even a simple job like changing a wheel requires special tools.
Also Morgan agents received a special training in order to work on Morgan's
The "Geneva Aero 8" is the blue one on the left. It is now
kept, as an important milestone in Morgan history, by The Factory itself. It is
now on permanent display in the former stores area, along with other Morgans
that have been retained by the Morgan Motor Company.
As happened with all the
Morgan models, the Aero 8 underwent continuous development and improvements.
A weak point had been the original OZ wheels, which
under some circumstances tended to break. Around 2003 the Rimstock wheels, as
shown right, were introduced, along with triple windscreen wipers, instead of
double ones. That was still on the Mk 1 version, mind you.
In the early cars another weak point had been the hood
construction. This was changed for the Mk 2 version. The Mk2 was introduce late
2003, but really didn't go into series production until 2005. Rimstock also
produced the wheels shown below, which replaced the 6-spoked ones.
The luggage (or was it golf?) space in the early
versions had been experienced as limited. This caused a redesign of the rear
part of the car, which then got a "duck's tail".
The much criticized "cross-eyed" headlamps were
replaced by distinctive straight ones around 2006. In 2007 an attempt was made
to enter the USA market again, by producing the Aero 8 America. Some of these indeed went there, but not by far all of
The huge investments made by the Morgan Motor Company to sell the Aero 8
in the USA unfortunately had not resulted in the sales they, the agents and
potential Morgan buyers had looked for.
The end of 2009 saw also the end of the production for
the Aero 8 model. The chassis lives on in the AeroMax and the Aero Supersports
Now that people have been able to compare the different
versions, there (surprisingly??) is a tendency to prefer the early cross-eyed Mk
1 version over the later ones!
Oh well, Morgan devotees are always a little