Morgan Plus 4 4-seater Drophead Coupé
In the early 1950s work started on a luxury version of the Plus 4: a Drophead Coupé with 4 seats and a small boot. The first two prototypes were built on chassis still in tle flat rad series, but no picture has been seen of a 4-seater Drophead Coupé with a flat radiator. Like the two-seater Drophead model, it had high -suicide- doors, chrome strips along the side of the body and a hood that closed better than that of the regular models. Mechanically the cars were identical to the other Plus 4s.
The car was by far the most expensive model of Morgan at that time and its looks were not liked by everyone. Effectively, the production had a time span of just over a year. The earliest production examples were despatched late 1954, while the last ones left The Factory early 1956. Including the prototypes, 51 cars were made.
Cars for the Home Market (UK) were fitted with the Standard Vanguard engine, export cars with the Triumph TR2 engine. Their respective numbers were 29 and 22. Most export cars -of course- found their way the U.S.A., one each going to Australia and Belgium, two to Spain. Despite the fact that it was not exactly a beloved model, a surprising number still survives, while "new" ones still turn up occasionally.
In the 1970s the model started to be recognized as special and collectable. A special "club" was started for owners of these cars: the Morgan Plus 4 4-seater Drophead Coupé Society. This was initiated by the late Canadian Doug Price. The club magazine was not really a very serious matter, as it was full with jokes about the cars and their owners. The model was dubbed the "Snob Mog", i.e. the Morgan for snobs. This name has stuck within the international Morgan community as being the "recognized model name" and nowadays everybody refers to the model as such.
The cars have received collectors' car status and if you manage to find one for sale, they are valuable assets. For capable hands it is worth purchasing the remains of an original car and starting a rebuild from virtually scratch. Yet, if you depend on the help of specialists and you are about to purchase a restoration project, it's wise to do some calculations first!