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Old 09-04-2014, 08:57 AM   #1
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No sooner have we picked some Salon Prive highlights and Morgan has gone and torn them up somewhat. The olde worlde British carmaker has gone berserk and produced one of the more crackers creations we've seen recently. Ladies and gentleman, the Morgan SP1.

The initials of its name stand for ‘Special Projects'; departments dedicated to specialist creations are all the rage at the moment, and this is the first product of Morgan's.

Round headlamps and liberal wood usage aside, it couldn't be much further removed from Morgan's previous produce. It looks more like something West Coast Customs might have rolled out, its front-hinged bonnet and dished alloy wheels being particularly eye-popping.

Every aspect of the car has been cherry-picked by its owner-to-be. The ash wood frame is combined with African Bubinga red hardwood, which complements the colour scheme while also signifying the buyer's business life in Africa, we're told.

The aluminium panels wear several layers of paint, a black base trickling through the bold red hue above it. The styling is inspired by Morgan's 2009 LifeCar concept, itself spun off the Aero 8. The interior is similarly bold, with wildly sculptured wooden seats, some ‘pre-flight' toggle switches for a dramatic starting procedure and the distinctly un-Morgan addition of an iPad-based infotainment system, though it is fixed to the dashboard by some hand-stitched leather straps, so traditionalists can relax a little.

At the SP1's heart is the 3.7-litre Ford V6 from the Morgan Roadster; there it produces 280bhp, but the SP1's new engine management system and custom exhaust may have boosted this a little. There's an upgraded suspension system, too, though just how heavily a Morgan's Marmite dynamics can be altered is a discussion for elsewhere.

There's far less doubt about how many heads the SP1 will turn on the lawns of Salon Prive this week. Lots, in other words.

This is just the start of Morgan's Special Projects era, and the team have already said they can't wait for their next challenge. So give them one: search the depths of your imagination and tell us what your dream Morgan comprises of below...













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Old 09-04-2014, 10:19 AM   #2
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It's really neat, but it's ugly.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:56 AM   #4
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It's a disaster is what it is.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:05 PM   #5
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From an art point of view, its awesome. From a car view... No, hell no.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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At first glance I thought I was looking at a wrecked car.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:16 PM   #7
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Wooden seats? I bet they really grip the keister through truns!
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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How long until Hammond has one on order?

I like it, as art.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:26 PM   #9
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Special, beautiful or ugly?


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Old 09-04-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:49 PM   #11
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fix those lights, smooth out the curves and its gorgeous.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:27 PM   #12
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Yeah, if this were a little less abrupt and blended, it could pass as a Z4 coupe style tourer. But as is, it's up there with a customized one-off Harley trike.

Aalto would be proud of that interior, tho.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #13
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #14
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It is like they ran out of ideas for the rear..


Yes, I know about the boxed end Ferrari's. They were ugly too.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #15
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Looks vaguely breadvan, which automatically makes it cool.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:43 PM   #16
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Looks vaguely breadvan, which automatically makes it cool.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:06 PM   #17
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Well that's... jacked up.

I expect a Morgan to have style, not just terrible ideas.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:21 PM   #18
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I love Morgans, they're so wacky! I definitely wouldn't own one, but it makes me happy that they exist. They're like the weird guy in the corner of the room, or at the baseball game, that you don't want to talk to, but you cheer for every time they do something stupid!
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:29 PM   #19
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I like it. So that drivetrain: Same as Mustang running gear? I see 3 pedals, pretty neat to see a manual gearbox art car.
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