Morgan

Two days of driving rains, and temperatures in the 60s. That means the salt has been mostly washed away and it’s nearly perfect cruising weather. Used this as an excuse to drive the Morgan 40 minutes out to my favorite BBQ joint, Lazybones, for some tasty meats. Talk about a blissful evening…

So the recent spate of warm temperatures and driving rains has all but eliminated the possibility of driving on frozen lakes anytime soon, but on the bright side, there’s no snow, most of all of the salt on the roads has been washed away, and it’s a beautiful 28 degree morning. Therefore, it’s time to spend 30 minutes starting and warming up a car for the 8 minute drive to work. The Morgan started on the second crank!

Temperature above 15 degrees Fahrenheit? Check. Dry roads? Check. Nothing going on at work, so I can spend 20 minutes warming up the engine? Check. A car with no windows or heater, but free from the tyranny of having a roof? Check. Today’s drive the Morgan to work day!

I couldn’t help buying this cheap little $0.99 key tag for the Morgan, because every drive in the car is an adventure. Sadly, I took the car out for a quick last drive for the year to fill up the tank, taking unsalted neighborhood roads to the gas station and back before tucking the car into the garage for the winter. The snow is super light, and it’s not accumulating on the ground, but the scourge of salt trucks have begun nonetheless…

Photo by Neil Britton

There was a driver quality Jaguar E-Type being auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, and I was among the last few bidders attempting to win the car. I didn’t win the auction. The very next day, my friend Soizic forwarded me a Craigslist ad for a local 1967 Morgan Plus 4.

The car was rescued by Bret, the manager of Auto Europe, a local dealership of Lotus vehicles and service center for all things vintage European. It was found in a warehouse in Ohio, brought to Michigan, and revived. I bought the car the day I test drove it. The Morgan has been in my fleet since July of 2016.

The car is very solid, with almost no rust on the steel chassis and only a little bit of wood rot on the body. I’ve been spending most of my time driving the wheels off of the car, taking it on as long a road trip as I could bear (record for distance driving in one sitting so far is 4 hours) and autocrossing the car locally and nationally. I am so very happy to have a Little British Car in my fleet, and an extremely rare and unique one at that.