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The sensational Plus Eight

When Triumph terminated the production of David Crandall shipped his +8 from the USA to England to participate in the Centenary celebrations. This two tone colour scheme is the original one. Soon after return in the USA, the car was involved in a nasty accident.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 Eight.


The motoring press raved about its performance. The acceleration was comparable to exotics that cost several times the price of the Plus 8!

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' items.

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,

This Dutch +8 still features its original 14 inch wheels.
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 history.

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 immediately.