Introduced at the 1950 Motor Show, the Morgan Plus 4 was designed as a more powerful sibling for the 4/4 model. Powered by the robust Standard-Triumph 4 cylinder engine as opposed to the 4/4’s Ford power unit, it retained the original pre-war styling until significant styling changes in late 1953 introduced a curved radiator cowl, which is very much as it is today.
Body changes were not the only improvements made to the Plus 4 over the years as its strong competition pedigree prompted improvements to its engine and specification culminating in its peak of development with the Super Sports model introduced in February 1961.
Only 103 Super Sports were made between 1961 and 1968 and they are the most desirable of all Morgan models due to their competition successes at most of the major international races throughout the 1960’s.
‘JSJ 288’ is better known as “The Black Car” was painstakingly rebuilt from the ground up over a period of 6 years as an exact Super Sports replica with low line bodywork paneled in aluminum. “The Black Car” also has a pair of original leather trimmed Super Sports seats. She was completed in 2006.
“The Black Car” was a regular on the grid with the HSCC in Historic Roadsports but has also competed in the prestigious Equipe GTS series both here in the UK and at Le Mans. In addition, the car has raced with the Morgan Challenge as well as all the Techniques Trophy races at Bentley Drivers Club Silverstone and the inaugural Tucker Trophy at Brands Hatch in 2009. ‘JSJ’ has been raced more recently in 2015 at The Goodwood Members Meeting as well as Spa, The Silverstone Classic, Donnington, Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting and many other prestigious events.
It has been recently upgraded with a full TR Enterprise Steel engine and JB Gearbox (at a cost of over £30,000) both with only 5 races and less than 25 running hours. It has a new hardtop with custom made rollbar, new race adjustable shock absorbers and 4 new wire wheels shod with Avons which have completed one race.
In 2015 this highly competitive car has had Class wins at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in HSCC Roadsports and wants for nothing to compete successfully in 2016!
The current owner says “it is a reliable and a very forgiving car to drive with neutral predictable handling and has bags of torque and just pulls and pulls”.
JSJ is totally sorted and ready, with the turn of the key, to compete competitively in a variety of series in 2016 to include HSCC Roadsports, Masters Gentleman Drivers Series, AMOC and Morgan Challenge and many other prestigious Blue Riband events.
There is a large file of invoices showing the works carried out as well as on going race preparation undertaken. This car is a fully legal road car with an MoT and current FIA HTP papers until 2018. It would not be possible to build this car again for this price.