The sensational Plus
terminated the production of the TR4A engine, Peter Morgan had to look for an
alternative. This he found in the 3528cc Rover (ex-Buick) V8 engine.
Shoe-horning this engine under a Morgan bonnet required more development than
had been the case so far with other Morgan models. A new development engineer
therefore joined the company: Maurice Owen. Two prototypes later, the new model
was ready for launch at the Motor Show: the Plus
The motoring press raved about its performance. The
acceleration was comparable to exotics that cost several times the price of the
The cars up to 1972 were still equipped with the Moss 4-speed gearbox,
that was also fitted to the Plus 4. These cars have now become collectors'
The next generation Plus 8 was the one fitted with the
Rover 4-speed gearbox. That gearbox did not really suit the Plus 8, as it was really meant for the Rover saloon cars.
This lasted until 1977. Then the body was widened once
more, the gearbox was replaced by the latest Rover 5-speed one,
The aluminium body
became standard. The original 15" wheels made place for less elegant 14" ones. These gave the car a more agressive look.
A number of these cars were converted to the later 15" during its life and therefore finding a car with its original 14" wheels has become a relative rarity.
The chromed bumpers made place for aluminium ones.
In 1983 the 15" wheels returned, in a more elegant
version, with a "Morgan +8" plaque in the wheel centres.
The next year, which
marked Morgan's 75th Anniversary, would also be a new milestone in the +8
The Plus 8 shown above is an early example, in its
ORIGINAL colour scheme! Sadly, shortly after returning from the Centenary, it
was involved in a heavy crash, but its restoration was started almost