Morgan Motor Company

May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on December 21, 2021

Morgan LogoBrief History About Morgan

Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1910 in England by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. Morgan cars are all hand built.

Henry worked for the Great Western Railway as a young man and in 1904 in his early 20’s setup a motor sales and servicing garage. In 1909 he built his own 3 wheeled car for personal use, then decided to build the car for sale to the public the following year after much interest from admirers. These 3 wheeled cars were classed as motorcycles and therefore avoided the tax levied on 4 wheeled cars in the UK. In 1913 Morgan entered and won the International Cyclecar Grand Prix at Amiens in France and with this and other motorsport success built more sporty versions of the 3 wheeler.

The first 4 wheeled Morgan appeared in 1936 (Morgan 4–4 Series 1). But it wasn’t until after the war that Morgan really started to concentrate on 4 wheeled vehicles and ended production of the 3 wheelers in 1952, until it’s reintroduction in 2011.

In 1959 Henry Morgan died, leaving the business to his son Peter Morgan, who carried on the work of his father and developed the cars further introducing the Rover V8 to the marque, creating the Morgan Plus 8 in the late 60’s. Morgan Motors was also heavily involved in motorsport and had many successes and even had their own one make championship that started in 1987. Also in the 90’s Charles Morgan developed a more powerful Morgan race car, which later led to the first completely new designed Morgan road car for a long time, the 2000 Aero 8.

Peter Morgan died in 2003, leaving the company in the control of company chairman Alan Garnett from 2003 to 2006. When Alan left, control of Morgan fell to Peter Morgan’s son Charles Morgan and a management team consisting of Matthew Parkin (new director), Tim Whitworth and Steve Morris. In 2010 when Matthew Parkin left, Charles Morgan then became the director. However in 2013 Charles Morgan (with a 30% share in Morgan) was ousted from the company by management and shareholders. Charles Morgan wanted to bring the cars and business into the 21st century, with such cars as the Eva GT, but it would seem that the management and shareholders wanted to keep it in its historic and classic state. Only time will tell if this was the right decision.

Morgan Plus 4
Morgan Plus 4 1950 on & 4 Plus 4 1936 on

Morgan Plus 8
Plus 8 1968-2004

Morgan Aero 8
Aero 8 2000-2010 and 2015-2018

Morgan 3 Wheeler
3 Wheeler 2011 on