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Why A Morgan?

posted Nov 15, 2010, 7:08 PM by Tony McLaughlin
John H. Sheally II, February 18, 2007
What is my reply when I am asked, WHY A MORGAN? It is quite simple. A very fine automotive writer once wrote, "A Morgan merely is and that should be enough. You either accept a Morgan as you would the Himalayas or go on to more splendid things such as butterfly collecting. A Morgan merely is and that should be enough.

I read those fine words just after I had purchased my first Morgan Motorcar brand new from Morgan Motor Company, Ltd.

It was a 1967 Plus 4 in Westminster Green complimented with Black leather interior and topped off with chrome wire wheels. I have never looked back as the Morgan marque has always been my mainstay in motorcars. That was forty years ago and as we near the year 2007 I still feel the same.

If you want a hand built motorcar to love and improve and enjoy and be hands on with and turn wrenches on and make it your personal icon and have fun with – DO HAVE A MORGAN.

In those four decades, I have owned and driven all the models that MMC, LTD. Have produced starting with the three wheelers and up through the eights and the Aero-8s. That hands-on has led to unlimited pleasure.

The thrill of making a Morgan better and better is very satisfying. I have never had a perfect one, or has one ever been perfect even when receiving the checkered flag or a Best of Show or when receiving a compliment about one from a perfect stranger.

Morgans are real. The improvements that I have done on them have been as therapeutic for me as for the car. The friendships that I have made via association with the Marque are exhilarating. The miles of Morgan seat time take the edge off the day.

The smiles associated with a Morgan are priceless.

I have owned and/or driven many other fine makes and models over the years including Bugatti to very fine Ferrari from Dinos to the Daytona Spyder, Rolls Royce, Fleetwood Brougham Cads, Porsche 904, 906, 356 Carrera to modern Carrera, the wonderful 930s, all the Lotus models, Lamborghini, Alfas, Maserati, GT Fords and on and on.

With the exception of Bugatti I soon become bored and always go back to the Morgan because they excite and stimulate me very much, much more than the others.

Wonder why? My answer is simply: THEY ARE EVERYTHING THAT OTHERS SAY THEY ARE AND EVERYTHING OTHERS SAY THEY ARE NOT. I take joy in both.

John H. Sheally II
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