Plus Eight Exotics
Even on the +8 chassis there are some varieties that had
only a limited production run. The earliest one of these was the +8 Sports
Lightweight, which was the first +8 with an aluminum body as standard. This model saw
a limited production run of 19. They were equipped with the same 14" wheels that
would later become standard on the Plus 8, except that here they were painted
Many of these cars still survive. After a long time in
hiding, the first car of the model, the 1975 Earls Court Motor Show car, turned
up in New Zealand. It has been acquired by a Dutch enthusiast.
The car only just escaped the 2011 earthquake in New
Zealand. This destroyed the garage where it had been for sale!
It made its first appearance at a meeting of the Morgan
Sports Car Club Holland on the 1st of May 2011.
A real exotic was the +8 Drophead Coupé, which was built
for Jane Morgan, Charles Morgan's mother. This was built in 1970 and was at the
same time the only Plus 8 with automatic gearbox. The car remained a Works car
ever since and was updated several times, after accidents. The original color
was dark brown.
You can see it elsewhere on this website in its original livery.
Here it is shown in its 1999 guise, with two tone blue
bodywork, wider wings and second generation 15" wheels. The personalised number
plate was also acquired at a later stage.
Peter Morgan also used the car regularly in his last
years, as he had undergone two hip operations, and the Drophead Coupé was easier
to get into and out of than his usual +8 mount.
Now the car is on permanent display at The Factory and
is used for events, like The Centenary.
Other exotics on basis of the +8 chassis were a +8 4-seater, built for agent Eric
White, and the "Traco" +8, intended to race at Le Mans. This never happened.
That car has a separate page devoted to it in the Competition chapter.
Of the +8 Drophead Coupé and the +8 4-seater, copies were
made by Morgan specialists. There is even a 4-seater Drophead Coupé on a +8