Plus Eight Specials
When the end of the production line of the Plus 8 was
almost in sight, the Morgan Motor Company introduced a model, which celebrated
40 years of the Le Mans class win in 1962. Not surprisingly, the model was named
Le Mans 62. When introduced to the dealers in May 2002, the cars sold out in a
few days! There were 80 production cars, 40 4/4s and 40 +8s. The contradiction
was that the +8 did not exist back in 1962, while a +4, rather than a 4/4 scored the class win! But
then, who cares?
The Le Mans 62 cars were easily identifiable externally
by amongst others the Le Mans Green paint job, combined with Ivory hard top, a
single door handle on the driver's side, Le Mans fuel filler cap, overriders
instead of bumpers.
Some other features were Le Mans 62 footwell mats, old style
cream instruments with Le Mans 62 script, performance exhausts, undertrays front
and rear, upturned number plates, Le Mans 62 script badge on the rear and an
individually numbered St Christopher badge on the wooden dashboard.
Despite dating from 2002, the model soon got collectors'
car status and a separate register caring for the cars, issuing its own
newsletter and organising occasional meetings. It can be found at http://www.lemans62.org.uk/
The Centenary meeting at Cheltenham was also a special occasion for the Le Mans 62 Register. Alongside the +4 Super Sports display, a good selection of different Le Mans 62 models was lined up.
For a while they were also accompanied by the car that inspired the birth of this model: TOK 258.