Robert Couch, Morgan Restorer(20 August 1950 - 5 June
significant Morgan personality and pioneer in his own field is no longer among
us. After several severe illnesses, he finally left us on the 5th of June 2010,
at the young age of 59. Yet he did leave his mark in the Morgan community. I
will touch some highlights of this.
involvement with Morgan cars happened in 1977 when he was approached by a man
named Jack Artley. Jack was looking for some interesting cars to add to his
collection and wanted him to have a look around in England. This job was
accepted and while in England, Bob came across a Morgan with very interesting
history, a TT Replica, known by its registration number CAB 652. Peter Morgan
also had campaigned this car in his young days.
A deal was
struck, the car was shipped to the USA and Bob embarked on a meticulous
restoration job for this car. This was completed in the spring of 1980. The
outcome was fabulous! Jack was invited to participate in the Chinetti concours
at Lime Rock Track. Its opposition came from high class (and high $$) cars, like
Ferrari, Porsche and others.
The famous racing
driver René Dreyfus of Bugatti fame had the major task to decide on the overall
winner. Only a Porsche and the Morgan remained. The Porsche owner had done no
homework at all and admitted that the car to him was an investment. Yet, both
Bob and Jack were able to tell enthusiastic tales about the Morgan and its history, so the little car carried away the OVERALL
photograph was taken at Lime Rock Park by former German Morgan owner, the late Klaus
The car was
featured in "Salon" in the August 1980 issue of the major American car magazine
Road & Track, which is a honor in itself. Also in Automobile Quarterly
Vol.30, No. 2 the car appeared with two pictures, which proves its historic
John Artley also
passed away in the meantime and the TT Replica returned to England in 2010. It's
now in the hands of a well respected English Morgan collector.
Bob Couch had
made his name with the restoration of this historically significant Morgan and
many others would follow over the years. His working standards were very high
and this was of course appreciated by his customers. Without exception they
ended up with a beautiful Morgan once he had taken on the job of restoring
Bob also was a
pioneer in another field with Morgans. He created the first detailed parts
catalogue for Morgan, which was one of the mainstays of his business. The
catalogue, first printed in 1984, was aimed at the Morgan +4 from 1950 - 1968.
This after all was the model which sold best in the USA. The catalogue contains
exploded views of many different parts. As an example, a page with exploded
views of a Weber carburettor will be shown. This catalogue long was an important
reference in the spares department of the Morgan Morgan Company
This is yet
another proof of Bob's high standards of knowledge.
Later, a similar
porject was taken on by Melvyn Rutter, who produced his own Morgan parts
catalogue, aimed at all Morgan four-wheelers.
Morgan Spares Ltd. to Larry and Linda Eckler, Bob went into semi-retirement, but
kept working on Morgans.
The Ecklers keep Bob Couch's spirits alive in their
Morgan agency, which also has brought various significant Morgan
restoration-projects to a good end.
Bob will always
be remembered in the Morgan-community as a person who achieved goals not met