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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 12-12-2013 03:49 AM 1265 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 12-12-2013 04:02 AM

Most excellent post Grumpy, thanks.

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 04:05 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 04:09 AM

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

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 04:40 AM

wow, great post grumpy…..

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 05:02 AM

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 12-12-2013 06:26 AM

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.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 06:43 AM


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 12-12-2013 06:49 AM

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 12-12-2013 10:48 AM

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 12-12-2013 02:31 PM

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

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#11 posted 12-12-2013 02:48 PM

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

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:18 AM

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 12-13-2013 01:41 PM

Yes, amazing for sure

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 02:26 PM

Wow, Grumpy, thanks for this spectacular post.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 12-13-2013 09:02 PM

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

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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