- Aug 19, 2009
Monterey 2009: Morgan Mania at Pebble Beach
Morgans at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - Click above for high-res image gallery
When car people think of Morgan, they probably picture trikes or think of wooden frames. Perhaps they envision the cross-eyed late-model cars that attempt to update the classic British roadster with aesthetically mixed results. What gets lost in the discussion is the fact that Morgan started out building cars a full century ago. That's right, it has been 100 years since the first Morgan automobile was produced. To honor that centenary accomplishment, there was a special tribute to the boutique automaker at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The entrants ranged from a 1909 Morgan 7 hp Runabout to the 2009 Morgan LIFECar Concept. Filling out the class were cars from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s. The three-wheeled 1937 Sports 2 Seater Barrelback and 1947 F-Super Sports 2 Seater (above) represented the old guard three-wheelers, while four +4 models rounded out the group. Highlights included the LeMans-inspired SLR (one of three) and the 1965 +4 Coupe, which wasn't as successful as hoped for and ended its run with just 26 built. Check out our gallery below and pick out your favorite.
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