Mor­gan 4/4

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Dale Vin­ten

Beau­ti­ful EX­TE­RIOR body Good hood/ton­neau IN­TE­RIOR Moto-Lita wheel Wal­nut dash ME­CHAN­I­CALS Am­ple power from Zetec en­gine

EN­GINE 1796cc/4-cyl/DOHC POWER 119bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 119lb ft@45000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 114mph 0-60MPH 7.6 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-31mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 13,788 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The car be­haves im­pec­ca­bly at start-up; the en­gine sounds healthy, idling well with not a hint of smoke from the ex­haust. It feels very well put to­gether and han­dles ex­cep­tion­ally well. The Ford Zetec en­gine is punchy, its smooth power and torque curves mak­ing the car a plea­sure to drive. The en­gine comes up to tem­per­a­ture quickly and does not over­heat. Sus­pen­sion is stiff with­out be­ing un­com­fort­able, the brakes feel sharp and bring the car to a stop in a straight line with no div­ing or jud­der­ing and gear changes are pre­cise.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Be­ing a mid-Nineties model, this car ben­e­fits from an alu­minium body, so no rust is ap­par­ent. The Corsa Red paint is stun­ning, with only a small touched-in chip on the bon­net. Im­mac­u­late chrome wire wheels wear match­ing tyres and all other chrome trim, in­clud­ing the lug­gage rack, bumpers, hood pins and fuel filler cap, are in excellent con­di­tion. The stone PVC roof and ton­neau fit per­fectly with no rips, tears or dam­aged stitching. The full-size spare wheel is present and cor­rect, too.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The wal­nut dash­board, wooden Moto-Lita steer­ing wheel and match­ing gear knob make this a very pleas­ant place to be. This wood com­ple­ments the stone colour leather seats and in­te­rior trim, and ev­ery­thing is won­der­fully pre­served, with no vis­i­ble dam­age any­where. Clean and dry orig­i­nal car­pets sug­gest that the roof fits prop­erly and doesn’t leak, and the leather dash bol­ster, door cards and op­tional head­rests are well pre­sented. There’s no sag­ging to the heated re­clin­ing seats and the bol­sters re­main firm. The car comes with a stereo ra­dio/ cas­sette player.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay is as clean and tidy as the rest of the car. There are no mists of oil or ev­i­dence of old leaks any­where and the en­gine looks clean and fit­ted with what ap­pear to be fresh leads, pipes and an­cil­lar­ies. The front brake discs and pads look as though they have plenty of life left in them and the painted rear drums look good. Un­der­neath the car is im­mac­u­late and the gal­vanised chas­sis is spot­less. The dampers and sus­pen­sion com­po­nents are wear­ing well – thanks, no doubt, to the car’s limited mileage – and ev­ery­thing still looks fresh and clean.

THE CCW VIEW

There are plenty of 4/4s to choose from, so it can be dif­fi­cult to know where to be­gin the search. This par­tic­u­lar example, how­ever, is in beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal con­di­tion in­side and has low mileage and an ex­ten­sive ser­vice his­tory. The car wants for noth­ing and the post-1993 vari­ants with the more mod­ern 16-valve Ford Zetec en­gines are said to be eas­ier to live with than the ear­lier mod­els.

PROS Ex­cep­tional con­di­tion through­out CONS Slight blem­ish to off­side bon­net

Snug leather-lined cabin is in excellent con­di­tion.

Spot­less 16v Zetec en­gine de­liv­ers strong per­for­mance.

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