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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

Ever con­strict­ing safety and emis­sion reg­u­la­tions, along with short­ages of vi­tal com­po­nents, ul­ti­mately has­tened the demise of the Plus 8. Its re­place­ment was greeted with jaw-slack­ened won­der­ment at the 2001 Geneva Mo­tor Show.

The brain­child of third-gen­er­a­tion com­pany prin­ci­pal Charles Mor­gan, the new Aero 8 was un­like any­thing else in the mar­que’s back cat­a­logue. With its Chris Lawrence-de­vel­oped alu­minium chas­sis, trick sus­pen­sion and Su­per­formed alu­minium body pan­els, it marked a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from the firm’s nos­tal­gia-tinged fare.

The styling, for want of a bet­ter word, was the work of Charles Mor­gan – re­placed as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in 2013 – him­self. Jaguar XJ220 stylist Keith Helfet had sub­mit­ted a bid but his pret­tier de­sign wasn’t adopted.

Though crit­i­cised ini­tially for its un­con­ven­tional looks, road testers were united in their praise for the Aero 8’s per­for­mance and han­dling plus the re­fine­ment of its BMW-sourced V8. Un­der the styling di­rec­tion of Matt Humphries, the Aero 8 spawned the much hap­pier-look­ing Aero­max and Su­perS­ports mod­els.

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