Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat-Rad’, 1946
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Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat-Rad’, 1946

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Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat-Rad’, year 1946. Colour two-tone; Ivory White over royal blue combined with a brown leather interior and dark blue carpet. Dark blue hood, side-curtains and rear tonneau cover. This rare Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat Rad’ was extensively restored and overhauled. The bodywork was given a perfect paintjob, the interior was beautifully upoholstered and the mechanicals were overhauled. The fully rebuilt original Standard 10 engine runs and pulls perfectly. The engine delivers approximately 40 bhp and the power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a four speed Moss gearbox. The Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat Rad’ (flat radiator, later cars feature a cowled radiator) was built from 1936 until 1950. In total 1428 specimen were built, of which 600 were 2-seater sports models. The 4-4 was the first Morgan featuring four wheels and a four-cylinder engine, hence the model name 4-4. Of course, these Morgans were hand-built by skilled craftsmen. This Morgan 4-4 drives delightfully and it looks a picture! The interior offers ample room and luggage space behind the seats. These cars are seldom offered for sale, a unique opportunity to purchase a Morgan 4-4 ‘Flat Rad’!


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The Morgan 4/4 was built for 50 years. the first model, introduced in the year 1936 was the 4/4 with flat radiator which was built until the year 1951. After a four year break (only the Morgan plus 4 was built those years) the Morgan 4/4 was going to be rebuild. The car did not change a lot (conservative as they are at the Morgan company), only the shape of the radiator changed from flat to cowled. Morgan never built their own engine, the early flat radiator cars were powered by Standard or Ford engines. The cowled radiator models were powered by Ford engines. The Ford engine used was known as the "Kent"engine and was also used in Fords Cortina model. Morgan 4/4 1600 cars were powered by the 1599 cc. Ford Kent engine which had a standard capacity of 98 bhp. giving the light car (two seater 660 kg./ four seater 785 kg.) sporty performance. Drivers who wanted additional torque and power were offered the Triumph TR four cylinder engine which offered a power output of 96 bhp. (TR3) or 105 bhp. (TR4). These cars were named Plus four. The four speed gearbox was fully synchronized. The Morgan 4/4 is a very special car to drive because it has it's own strong character. It cannot be compared with any other roadster or convertible.

Technical data

4 cylinder in-line (OHV)
Up-rated Standard 10 engine
induction: 1 Solex carburettor
cylinder capacity: 1267 cc.
capacity: 40 bhp at 4300 rpm
top-speed: unknown
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
weight: Approx 780 kg.

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