Introduced in 1936, the steel ladder frame chassis underpinned the 4-4 initially, and went on to be the base for the 4-4’s successor, the 4/4, as well as the Plus 4, Plus 8 and V6 Roadster over the following 84 years. In that period, only the Aero range and the second-generation Plus 8 didn’t use the traditional steel chassis.
“The steel chassis has been fundamental to Morgan’s production for more than eight decades, found beneath the skin of some of the most important and successful models in the company’s history. Its unique driving charm is loved by many and, in fact, demand for steel chassis cars is still strong,” said Steve Morris, CEO and Chairman of Morgan Motor Company in announcing the last steel chassis on 7 July.
“With the introduction of our CX-Generation platform, the time has come to bid farewell to the steel chassis. We are delighted to present this final steel chassis car to a long-standing friend of the factory, who we know will enjoy it alongside his extensive Morgan collection.”
In total, 35,000 four-wheeled Morgan cars were made with a steel chassis, with exports to 65 countries around the world, including Australia.
The bonded aluminium CX-Generation platform that replaces the steel chassis was introduced on the Morgan Plus Six at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, but made its debut on the all-new Morgan Plus Four this March. To placate Morgan purists, the company says the new platform maintains the level of driving pleasure that has always defined Morgan sports cars and that, despite the cutting-edge platform technology in the new models, Morgan’s famed craftsmanship and use of natural materials continues.