1969 Morgan Plus 8 (Moss Box)


Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan.

Famous the world over for its unique blend of craft, heritage and pure driving experience, the Morgan Motor Company has been manufacturing quintessentially British vehicles in Malvern, UK, for more than 110 years.

Passed down through generations, the same craftsmanship skills that were integral during the founding of the Morgan Motor Company in 1909 are as alive today as they have ever been.

The company was established in 1909 with the design of the now iconic Morgan Three-Wheeler. This was followed, in 1936, by the Morgan 4-4, based on the Morgan steel chassis. This chassis was produced until 2020, making it the longest running production car architecture in the world.

The authenticity of Morgan, one of Britain’s longest established motor manufacturers, has remained unchanged for more than 110 years: from design and engineering, to craft and manufacturing, through to sales and tailoring, every Morgan is designed and built to be as individual as its owner.

Now in their fourth generation, the Morgan family continue to act as stewards for the brand, upholding the values of the company and ensuring their family legacy lives on with each new Morgan produced. The Morgan family retain a shareholding of the company, alongside majority shareholders Investindustrial, who announced in 2019 that they would be investing heavily in the Morgan Motor Company and its long-term future building cars in Britain. As part of Investindustrial’s investment into the Morgan Motor Company, the management team and staff were rewarded with share in the business.

The Morgan Plus 8 is a sports car built by Morgan from 1968 to 2004 and again in revised form between 2012 and 2018. Its instant and enduring popularity has been credited with saving the company and keeping the company famous during the 36 years of its manufacture. Among Morgan enthusiasts, it is deeply associated with Peter Morgan, the owner-chairman behind its design.

The development of the Plus 8 was led by Maurice Owen, an engineer taken on specifically for the role. The Plus 8 prototype was based on a modified chassis from the Plus 4, altered to accept the Rover alloy block 215 cu in (3.5 L) V8, purchased from GM-Buick in 1967. Plus 4’s Moss gearbox was carried over and the Salisbury 7HA axle was uprated with a limited-slip differential. The chassis was developed in stages to accommodate gearbox changes in 1973 and 1976, 1995 the body widened in 1976 to accommodate the widened chassis and the wings widened to accommodate larger tyres to handle the increasing power and trend for lower profile and wider tyres. The original 1968 Plus 8 was 1,400 mm wide and the last was 1,600 mm (with an optional “widebody” at 1,700 mm).

From the 1960s and (according to all auto magazines) through the 1980s for acceleration between 30-120 kph, the Plus Eight was the fastest-accelerating UK production car. To this day, early Plus 8s are frequently the winners in the 1960-1970 class in the UK.


Our beautifully restored 1969 Morgan Plus 8 comes with the highly collectable “Moss Box” (gearbox). It was professionally restored in 2007 – 2008 using a new factory chassis and new factory timber frame.

Included in that restoration was:

  • a new factory front suspension and Gemmer steering box
  • a new collapsible steering column
  • new limited slip diff and rear end suspension
  • The Moss gearbox was rebuilt with new bearings and new clutch fitted
  • New disc brakes at the front and new drums at the rear
  • A new aluminium radiator and upgraded cooling capacity 
  • A new all stainless-steel exhaust system.
  • Restored dash, lights and instrumentation
  • Fully retrimmed in leather
  • Painted in the Morgan Challenge Colours.

The Morgan was fully NSW road registered in 2008.

It then was raced in Group S and the engine was refreshed by Purcell Performance in 2014.

As presented the Morgan is back on full NSW registration.

It comes with new tyres all round.

In our opinion it is probably the best Morgan Moss Gearbox car in Australia.

We are extremely proud to offer this car through The Collectable Auction House.

Please contact us to arrange an inspection – you will not be disappointed!

Car is sold registered in NSW to May 2024. Ideal car though, for Historic registration.