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What do you think they’re building?

There are craftsmen…
and there are Craftsmen !!

The Morgan Motor Company located in Britain doesn’t change in a changing world. Not only is it still independent, but it also makes each car by hand. A base model is about $44,000, with some cars costing up to $300,000.

People wait for over a year to get their exclusive hand-built cars with the shell made out of metal and much of the vehicle made out of wood. Working on the wood interior, workers use metal shears to individually shape a hood because each car has to be different.

Every year Morgan produces about 600 cars. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. It has a long and interesting history, and is still run by the same family: the Morgans. Founded by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan known as “HFS”, it was then run by his son Peter, and is now run by Charles, the son of Peter Morgan.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 230 days ago

Most excellent post Grumpy, thanks.

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#2 posted 230 days ago

This is a very interesting post!
Love the images, concept and story!!!
I love learning of things like this.
Thanks for sharing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 230 days ago

Very interesting ,Morgan’s are one of the few hand made cars still out there.

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#4 posted 230 days ago

wow, great post grumpy…..

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#5 posted 230 days ago

Thanks, Tony! I drove a Morgan here in Grand rapids in 1978 and never know they were made of wood inside. I do remember they were slow taking off, but once you got going they hit pretty good speed..

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 230 days ago

Looks to me like the passenger compartment and read boot shape
are profiled in wood, then dropped onto a metal undercarriage and
the hood and front fenders done in metal.

Seems sensible considering the low volume production. I’m a little
surprised it is legally pragmatic but I reckon they have that part
of it figured out: Lloyds of London.


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#7 posted 230 days ago

Fred Flintstone had done it much longer before The Morgan Motor Co.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#8 posted 230 days ago

That aint the way Henry Ford would have done it.

I was wondering if they still make the three wheeler Morgan of Peter Sellers’ ‘The Party’ fame?

-- Os, Melbourne Aus

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#9 posted 229 days ago

A few years ago one of my neighbors whilst visiting his son in England was taken by him to the Morgan factory to his actual car being made. He brought back a home video which was fascinating.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#10 posted 229 days ago

Yes, they have started to make the 3-wheeler again. Nice blog Grumpy.

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#11 posted 229 days ago

I bet that’s a cool place to work.
Thanks grumpy.

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#12 posted 229 days ago

Jim, you are very privileged to have driven a Morgan.
Sam, Fred Flinstone might have had an early model Morgan for all we know. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 228 days ago

Yes, amazing for sure

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#14 posted 228 days ago

Wow, Grumpy, thanks for this spectacular post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 228 days ago

There is a How It’s Made (or maybe the clone How Do They Do It?) episode on Morgans, excellent and I recommend it.

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