Morgan Resumes Four-Wheeled Vehicle Sales In The U.S. (http://www.topspeed.com/)
British automaker Morgan has announced that its four-wheel models will return to the United States after 10 years of absence through the company’s official U.S. arm, Isis Imports. Previously allowed to sell the 3-Wheeler model only, Isis will, from now on, be able to import the more traditional four-wheeled models thanks to a new law.
The British carmaker has yet to say which models will cross the pond to North America, but it’s likely that customers will have access to some of the vehicles from the Classic lineup, which includes the 4/4, Plus 4, Roadster, and Plus 8.
“While details remain to be finalized, the latest word from the Morgan Motor Company is that they anticipate opening the order books for NEW Morgan cars for the USA, possibly as soon as this summer,” Isis Imports said in a statement. “It is possible that production may begin on USA spec cars before the end of the year.”
Isis Imports is already accepting deposits for four-wheeled Morgans, which are refundable “up until eight weeks prior to the build of your car after your specifications are finalized.”
Pricing information is not available, but expect U.S.-spec Morgans to be a tad more expensive than their British-market counterparts. The most likely vehicle to head this way is the Roadster, which uses a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Tipping the scales at only 2,094 pounds, the Roadster hits 62 mph from a standing start in only 5.5 seconds and tops out at 140 mph.
Why It Matters
This is obviously good news for U.S. retro sports car enthusiasts, who have been missing out on many no-nonsense British vehicles throughout the years. Caterham ’s Seven, for instance, was only recently imported to the U.S. in dedicated North American specification. Morgan was the second neo-retro automaker that could sell its cars Stateside, but fortunately that has changed, and enthusiasts will have access to one of the very few cars that are still being built with a classic recipe. Sure, we probably won’t see a full lineup of Morgans on U.S. soil anytime soon, but one or two nameplates are better than none. Happy motoring!