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1961 Morgan Super Sport

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History

 
 

The Morgan Super Sport was Morgan’s high performance sports car of the period, and the forerunner of the Morgan Plus Eight. In its stock form, the Super Sport was sculpted in a lightweight aluminum body, and was powered by a Lawrence-tuned TR engine. The engine had a flowed head with raised compression, special cam, twin Weber carburetors, and fabricated four branch exhaust header. The car was also equipped with disc brakes, oil cooler, under shield, and bucket seats. In its stock form, the Morgan SS could top 120 mph. In 1962, a Morgan SS won its class at LeMans, finishing 11th overall.

This particular Morgan, #5063, was delivered to Lew Spencer Imports in Los Angeles on June 3, 1962. It was number 18 of 103 built by the Morgan factory. The car was red with black leather interior, and wire wheels.

Colonel Leonard Gamage purchased #5063 in 1962, while stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. Beginning in 1962, the Colonel raced the car in the C Production class at various West Coast tracks, including Laguna Seca, Stockton, Cotati, Vacaville, Newport Airport, and Kent. The car was maintained by crew chief E.R. Barr, and engine builders Jack Hudak and Paul Cluntz out of the California Speed Shop in Suison City, California.

After its racing career in the 1960’s, the car was stored in a horse stable until 1986. John Blakemore acquired the car and brought it to Steve Miller at Imported Cars in Emeryville, California. It was there that the current owner, purchased the car.

Miller, a Morgan specialist, and the new owner, the Sports Car Club of America chief concours judge, set about restoring the Morgan. They completed the restoration to original competition specifications in 1992. The car was campaigned from 1992 to 1996, and proved to be very competitive.

The car has not been raced since 1996, but has been maintained in excellent condition.

 
     
 

Description

 
 

Sterling Engines built the current in-line, four cylinder, engine in #5063. The engine is balanced, blueprinted, and gas-flowed. It has a nitrited crankshaft, big bore kit, Carrillo rods, Vignale pistons, oversize stainless steel valves, and a high performance valve spring kit. The engine has 3/8’s molly pushrods, silicon-bronze valve guides, and an alloy rocker arm support kit. It has an HP camshaft, a rear crank seal kit, an HD timing chain, HP oil pump, alloy water pump, and Dynamo racing pulley. The engine is fitted with dual 45 DCOE Webers, a narrow belt kit, harmonic dampener, finned aluminum oil sump, Mallory dual-point distributor, and a racing coil. The car has a Tilton clutch, a Tilton aluminum flywheel, an aluminum cross-flow radiator, electric fan, oil cooler, and header-extractor exhaust system..

The engine dyno results show 155 h.p. at 5,900 r.p.m., and 145 ft. lbs of torque at 4,800 r.p.m. The car weighs 1,800 lbs, with weight distributed 52/48 front to rear.

The Super Sport is equipped with 5.5 X 15 inch Minilite wheels, and comes with Dunlop, BF Goodrich, and Goodyear Blue Streak racing tires. The axle spindles are Plus Eight heavy duty racing. The rear end is a Quaiffe unit. The front suspension is de-cambered 3.5 degrees, and has Spax adjustable shocks.

The Super Sport has an on-board Halon fire suppression system, a five point safety harness, fuel cell, and roll bar.

This Morgan Super Sport has received a fine, and proper, vintage racing restoration. This car not only shows with the best in the class, but also runs with the best in the class.


Chassis Number: 5063
Engine Number: 82266

 
       
 

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