Production Levels Hit Record High At Morgan

Morgan company boss Charles Morgan used the platform of the British International Motor show to dispel the myth about the Malvern-based manufacturer's famous waiting list.

He revealed that production of both the classic Plus 8 and the futuristic Aero 8 have hit record levels, thanks to recent major investments at its factory. Last year Morgan built more cars than at any time since the war.

And the spin-off for customers wanting a new Morgan is that there are still some cars in next year's production run waiting to be snapped up. “Any customers visiting the Show who put a specification in will get a delivery slot next year, although there are not many left so you'll have to be quick,” he told reporters.

Morgan also declared its intention to take its Aero 8 racer back to the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours next year. “I'm pretty certain we'll be back, and we'll do even better than this year's race, when our car was within 20 per cent of the performance of the race winning Audis,” Charles Morgan said.

Morgan's exploits at Le Mans have provoked considerable interest in the Aero 8 from enthusiasts in the USA. The company is now investing £1 million in a development programme to gain federal approval for its sale in America, which is expected to be competed in time for a Stateside launch of the Aero 8 in early 2004.

Published 22 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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