1965 Morgan 4/4


  • Extensively restored and modified to fast road specification
  • Powered by a Ford 1600 cc Pinto engine from a 1998 Sierra, mated to a five-speed gearbox
  • The vendor describes the build as “a Morgan in the vein of a Porsche 356 ‘Outlaw’”
  • Accompanied by an extensive collection of invoices, Morgan literature and spare components
  • Used regularly for long road trips, mechanically healthy and ready to enjoy

The Appeal

The advent of the ‘restomod’ is a fairly recent phenomenon, but it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular concepts in the classic car community. For those craving retro aesthetics and an analogue driving experience coupled with modern performance and reliability, restomods make a great deal of sense. 
Akin to the Porsche 356 ‘Outlaw’, or Alfaholics’ 105 Series rebuilds, this 1965 Morgan 4/4 is every bit the traditional sports car it was when it left Malvern 58 years ago, and yet it’s now quicker and more drivable than ever. 

Thanks to the addition of a 1600 cc Pinto engine from a 1998 Sierra, a five-speed gearbox and a whole raft of further enhancements, this Morgan now boasts a serious turn of speed, making it the perfect choice for long road trips and weekend B-road bashing.
With the rebuild having been completed five years ago, it has since been used for long road trips, where we’re informed that it has performed flawlessly. For those seeking a supremely usable ‘60s roadster, we can heartily recommend this rather trick 4/4.

The History and Paperwork

  • Sold new in the UK as ‘COJ 500C’ in 1965
  • Imported to Ireland in 1983
  • Exported to Ireland and re-registered with the apt Morgan 4/4 appropriate registration ‘EZG 44’ 
  • Purchased in 2002 and used for around 15 years as a daily driver from Meath to North Dublin
  • Body-off rebuild carried out five years ago
  • Original, refurbished chassis
  • Originally powered by a 1500 cc Ford Kent engine

The Condition

  • Stainless steel bulkheads and fittings 
  • Black mohair hood, wire wheels, leather seats and paintwork
  • Some sections of the ash body frame were replaced but otherwise, the framing is original
  • Original body with replacement stainless steel scuttle, bulkhead and toolbox 
  • Stainless steel luggage rack
  • Modern bumper over-riders fitted
  • Radiator grille replaced by stainless steel grid
  • The bezel plates and bonnet knobs have been replaced with stainless steel items 
  • Instruments refurbished by Speedograph Richfield
  • Despite speedometer having being been overhauled, it still loses drive occasionally and doesn't register any speed
    The dashboard is made from engine-turned stainless steel
  • The transmission tunnel and interior inner trim are in stainless steel
  • Door interiors, seat squab and seat cushions upholstered in plain black
  • Interior door handles only 
  • Equipped with a Smiths heater
  • Adjustable height driving mirror and original style external mirror (off-side only)
    Besides the mohair hood, weather equipment includes side screens and a mohair tonneau cover
  • Two additional steering wheels, a large selection of small parts and 12 Morgan books accompany the car 
  • Additional brand new tyre 
  • Painted in the last five years with an ‘out the gun’ finish - not flattened and polished at the request of the owner 
  • Retrimmed in black leather with an abundance of stainless steel

The Mechanics 

  • 1600 cc Ford Pinto engine from a 1998 Sierra
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Stainless steel header tank
  • fully re-wired and converted from positive to negative earth 
  • New coil and distributor fitted
  • Alloy rocker cover, aluminium header tank, new radiator (original fan)
  • Ancillary (independently controlled) fan mounted in front of the radiator to compensate for the distance between the radiator and rear fan
  • Stainless steel bonnet props
  • Power steering unit from Opel
  • Bespoke replacement stainless steel system with side outlet in front of the off-side rear wheel
  • Oil-filled front suspension lubrication system replaced with heavy grease lubricant
  • New petrol tank and fuel pump
  • The vendor reports that it runs well and is great fun to drive
  • Used for regular long road trips in present ownership, where it reportedly performed flawlessly


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Morgan
  • Model 4/4
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 83,519 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Dublin
  • Country Ireland
Bidding history
16 bids
  • co•••• €20,000 22/11/23
  • ne•••• €19,000 22/11/23
  • co•••• €18,750 22/11/23
  • ne•••• €18,500 22/11/23
  • co•••• €18,250 22/11/23
  • 13•••• €17,750 22/11/23
  • co•••• €17,500 22/11/23
  • 13•••• €17,250 22/11/23
  • co•••• €17,000 22/11/23
  • 13•••• €16,500 22/11/23
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