1 August 1881
1 August 1881

HFS was born

Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan, the founder of the company he managed for nearly 50 years, was born in August 1881 in the city of Moreton Jeffries, Herefordshire.

1 May1905
1 May1905

First garage

In May 1095, thanks to the support of his father, H.F.S acquired a house called Chestnut Villa in Malvern Link on Worcester Road, and built a small garage next to it. It was in this garage that, in order to meet the growing interest in motorization, the dealership of brands such as Darracq, Wolseley, Siddeley and Rover opened. Leslie Bacon became his business partner, while Alfie Hales was the head of the workshop.

1 May 1909
1 May 1909

The birth of a legend

The success of the Morgan Motor Company has its foundation in the iconic Morgan Three Wheeler. This simple but brilliant design of H.F.S Morgan became one of the most popular light cars of the period. The concept of mounting a relatively powerful motorcycle engine on a light frame and body gave rise to a specific 'class' of cars referred to as 'Cyclecar'.

The prototype was built in 1909, it was a simple tricycle with a steel tubular frame, in which a Peugeot V2 engine with 7 HP was placed. One of his greatest strengths was the high power-to-weight ratio meant that this small car could embarrass many a larger machine. H.F.S. Morgan decided to start the production of this vehicle, his current partner Leslie Bacon, considered it too risky and withdrew from cooperation.

1 November 1910
1 November 1910

Runabout

The first production Morganas were simple one-man vehicles. They did not have a steering wheel, only a tiller. There were two engine versions, single-cylinder with 4 hp and V2 with 8 hp. This car was named Runabout and was presented to the public at the London Fair in November 1910.

Although the car aroused interest, only a few were sold, mainly due to the lack of a two-seater version and an old-fashioned steering system. Regardless, H.F.S. Morgan started his car in the race from London to Exeter, thus winning the race by opening the chapter of the sporting history of the brand.

1 February 1911
1 February 1911

New Versions

Observing the interest that the new model aroused, Morgan followed market expectations. In 1911 a two-model Runabout was presented, this time with a steering wheel and covered with a bonnet. At the end of the year, the four-person version also completed the range. These changes translated into huge market success.

20 October 1913
20 October 1913

Grand Prix Cyclecar

Cars produced by H.F.S Morgan have been successful in many races. One of the biggest successes was the victory of W.G. McMinnies at the International Grand Prix in Amiens, France. McMinnies was the editor of the Cyclecar magazine, which resulted in his victory being widely publicized, with which the number of orders increased.

1 December 1913
1 December 1913

New factory

The growing number of orders meant that the existing garage turned out to be insufficient. That is why in December 1913 H.F.S. bought a plot of land at Pickersleigh Road in Malvern Link from Earl Beauchamp. In the summer of 1914, two large workshops were erected there. Further expansion was stopped by the outbreak of the First World War.

16 October 1919
16 October 1919

Peace restored

After the war, production was quickly resumed. further investments were also made and, along with two existing workshops, construction of two more was started. The cornerstone was laid by Harry Morgan's eldest daughter - Sylvia. The opening of the new workshop took place on October 16, 1919. On November 3, Peter Morgan, the only boy of five children who had Harry and Ruth Morgan, was born.

21 January 1921
21 January 1921

Sukcesy

In the 1920s, Morgan continued his successes in various endurance races and races, including the legendary Brooklands circuit. These successes influenced the perception of the Morgan as reliable machines, which translated into their commercial success also in the continental part of Europe.

21 May 1925
21 May 1925

Further development

The above figure from 1925 shows how the factory has expanded to include another two workshop halls. In 1931 another hall joined them.

1 January 1933
1 January 1933

Typ F

In 1933 Morgan introduced a new model. Type F was equipped with a Ford engine, initially produced in a four-person version (F4), with time the range of models was supplemented by a two-person version (F2). The car was very well received on the market, becoming one of the most popular tricycles ever made.

1 January 1936
1 January 1936

Morgan 4/4

In 1936, Morgan presented a groundbreaking model at the London and Paris fairs. Morgan 4/4, the name symbolized four wheels and four cylinders. The car has a steel frame. The body structure was based on a wooden frame made of ash. This combination resulted in high strength combined with the low weight required in a sports car. The four-seater version and the coupe quickly joined the roadster version.

1 September 1939
1 September 1939

World War II

During World War II, car production was stopped. There was only a repair shop and spare parts department. The remaining Hale were seized by the Aero Engines division of Stanford Motor Company.

After the end of hostilities, production resumed, and spare parts were assembled from the last twelve two-cylinder tricycles. The last tricycle left the factory in 1953.

1 January 1949
1 January 1949

Plus Four

Due to changes in the engine supplier, Morgan faced the need to use a new power unit in his quadricycle. In 1949, a prototype with a 1.8-liter Standard Vanguard engine was created. In 1950 the car went into production, finally powered by a Vanguard 2088 cm3 unit with 68 HP. The high power-to-weight ratio by contemporary standards translated into sporting success. In 1954, the pre-war structure was modernized to improve aerodynamics, the radiator was hidden under the bonnet, thanks to which the front of the car took on the shapes known to this day.

1 January 1955
1 January 1955

4/4 Series 2

In 1955 a new version of the 4/4 model was presented. The car had a similar design to Plus 4, but had a smaller Ford engine. This model was addressed to people who value style with less financial possibilities.

1 January 1956
1 January 1956

Baby Doll

In 1956, the Plus Four model received a new engine, generating 100 hp. Combined with the low weight thanks to the aluminum body, this car had great racing potential. Lew Spencer used this potential, triumphing repeatedly in competitions organized in the USA by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). His modified Morganas received the affectionate nickname 'Baby Doll'.

In 1959, H.F.S. died Morgan, however, his legacy continues.

24 June 1962
24 June 1962

Win at Le Mans

In 1962 Morgan Plus Four prepared by Christopher Lawrence in cooperation with the factory, managed to win the class up to 2 liters in one of the most demanding races in the world - Le Mans 24h. His registration number TOK258 became synonymous with this success, and its main authors were the aforementioned Lawrence, the wheel was shared with him by Richard Sheppard-Baron. After the race, the car returned to England on its own wheels.

1 February 1966
1 February 1966

Plus 8

In the second half of the 1960s, Morgan began looking for a new engine. Rover's propulsion unit - V8 appeared on the horizon. The task of introducing the new model and its development fell to Mauric Owen. The Plus 8 model was announced publicly in 1968.

1 January 1895
1 January 1895

A family venture

In 1985, the founder's grandson Charles Morgan joined the company full-time.

Already at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, the company looked favorably at the greater use of aluminum in its models, which resulted in a special version of the racing Plus 8 model with an aluminum frame.

1 January 1981
1 January 1981

Morgan Sports Car Club of Poland

In the 1980s, thanks to Kathi Hoffman, an American whose husband worked at an American school in Warsaw, Morgana Plus 4 could be found on our roads. Kathi also established the first official Morgana club in Poland, and organized a rally in 1984. In 2019, new club has been created in Poland.

1 March 2000
1 March 2000

Aero 8

Experiences with the aluminum Plus 8 have confirmed that the classic body line has its limitations in aerodynamics. The decision was made to develop a completely new model. Charles Morgan invited Chris Lawrence to work on him, known for his success at Le Mans. Work on the car lasted 5 years and their effect was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2000. It had an aluminum frame, also the body was made of this material, traditionally mounted on a wooden frame of the body. The bonnet has a BMW V8 engine with a capacity of 4.4 L.

20 October 2003
20 October 2003

Peter Morgan

In 2003, the company and the entire Morgan community were saddened by information about the death of Peter Morgan. For many years the head of the company to which he devoted his life.

13 December 2017
13 December 2017

Opening of London Morgan Poland

At the end of 2017, our dealership was officially opened in Janikowo near PoznaƄ.

6 July 2019
6 July 2019

International Morgan Meeting

In July 2019, we organized the first International Morgan Meeting in Poland since the time of Kathi Hoffman.

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