1951 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead

  • VIN: P2216
  • ENGINE: 2088cc I4
  • STOCK #: PP2216

1951 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe

Headed to Broad Arrow Auctions, The Monterey Jet Center

Now finished in Oxford Blue over black leather, this Plus 4 is documented as the ‘Most Raced Drophead Ever’.
From 1952-56, ‘KNP 5’ competed in many prestigious events, piloted by famous Morgan racers.
KNP 5 was retired thereafter and subsequently purchased by the previous owner in 1972 who set out to restore the car to its former glory.

This 1951 Morgan Plus Four Drophead Coupe, one of 117 Drophead Coupes with the early style “flat radiator,” is believed to have the most extensive period racing history of its type. Between 1951 and 1959, it competed in 29 events, including the Prescott Hill Climb, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Exeter Trial, RAC International 6 Hour Rally, Lands End Trial, Edinburgh Rally, and 6 Hour Silverstone. During these events, the car achieved multiple victories and accolades, demonstrating exceptional performance both as a private entry and part of the factory racing team. The vehicle was displayed at the 2016 Quail and most recently in 2018 at Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, where this 1951 DHC won 1st place for Best in Class.
During its racing career, the car was returned to Morgan in 1954, where it was “modernized” with a new cowled front-style radiator, a Triumph TR2 engine, and Cam Gears steering. Its original owner, John Moore of Shelsley Beauchamp, sold the car to Jimmy Ray of Liverpool in 1955.
The two cars remained untouched until they were purchased by a Morgan enthusiast searching for parts for his Plus 4 in 1972. Recognizing the car registration, KNP 5, as having participated in many period races, the enthusiast decided the car needed to be saved. After purchasing the car, he spent the ensuing years gathering parts until the comprehensive restoration was completed in 2005, bringing the car back to its former glory. Finished in oxford blue, the car once again features its distinctive flat radiator, just like when it was new, with an accompanying history file recounting the work in more detail. Morgan Racing Historian Jake Alderson, in his books “Morgan Sports Cars, The Early Years” and “Morgan Sports Cars, The Heritage Years,” mentions this car’s racing history in over 45 pages, accompanied by numerous photos.

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