2005 Morgan Plus 4


  • Special order Ferrari Nurburgring Argento Metallic Silver paint
  • Excellent mechanical upkeep and service records
  • Just 17,994 miles
  • Superbly presented throughout 

The Appeal

For a visceral and back-to-basic driving experience, it doesn’t get much better than a Morgan. Lean, simple and thrilling to drive, the Morgan Plus 4's engaging charm is one that will appeal to any motorist looking for a burst of serotonin. The basic premise for the Plus 4 was conceived in the 1950s and was treated to a variety of engines over its lifespan. 

Yet despite its antiquated appearance, Morgan has always kept on top of the mechanical aspect, along with structural changes to help keep the car abreast of legislation demands, without losing an ounce of character. Valued as a competition tool, as much as a pub meet car, the Plus 4 has always been appreciated for its simplicity and modest running costs.

This incarnation of the Plus 4 was released in 2004, fitted with the reliable 2.0-litre Ford/Mazda Duratec engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It also hosted a wide variety of improvements including a wider chassis, aluminium panels and stainless steel bulkheads and valances. While never bought for practicality, the easy-up hood and slicker controls were a useful concession and added further appeal to an already appreciative clientele.

Specified with a unique and stunning Ferrari Nurburgring Argento Metallic Silver paint finish from new, this 2005 car complemented by an attractive blue mohair hood and Yarwood Regal Blue leather interior. It has just 17,994 miles on the clock and has six documented services under its belt with a stack of invoices totalling £5,000. Sold with full weather gear, a car cover and a Tonneau, it has an MOT to January 2024 and could be just the thing for those weekend blasts. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered by Morgan specialist Richard Thorne of Reading in February 2005 
  • Six services carried out since new
  • Bought by the current owner from Morgan specialist Melvyn Rutter LTD in February 2022 with 16,990 miles
  • Morgan data sheet and a handful of previous MOT certificates included
  • Almost £5,000 worth of spending documented in its invoices
  • V5C present
  • MOT to January 2024
  • Tonneau, side screen bag and car cover included
  • Stored in a dry secured garage
  • Rarely used in incumbent weather
  • Lack of use forces sale

The Interior

  • Yarwood Regal Blue leather cabin in excellent condition with no signs of rain damage 
  • Leather sports seats neatly presented with minimal signs of age
  • Blue mats in good shape, with no dampness
  • Dashboard padding free of damage, with unblemished veneer facia
  • Switchgear and controls intact
  • White-faced dials are fully legible
  • Speakers and aerial fitted but not installed with a stereo
  • Lockable storage security box in the passenger footwell
  • Wood-rimmed steering wheel free of any signs of wear
  • 'Le Mans' style gear knob in excellent order
  • Slightly loose plastic steering housing but free of damage
  • Door cards with elasticated door storage pockets in very good condition
  • Headlining free of marks or wear
  • Sun visors fitted

The Exterior 

  • No discernible signs of damage were noted on the underside or galvanised chassis
  • Engine bay structure intact with solid inner wings
  • Exterior presentation is very positive, with no suggestions of panel damage
  • Panel fit is flush with both doors opening and closing with ease
  • All door handles and bonnet catches operate perfectly 
  • Ferrari Nurburgring Argento Metallic Silver was specified by its first owner when new
  • Even paint finish with a very good lustre
  • Minor but treatable scuff noted on the offside rear wing and minimal stone chips on the nose
  • Blue Mohair hood in very good condition with no significant damage, just a handful of minor marks
  • The easy-up hood raises and lowers without issues, with a tight fit and decent catches
  • Rear screen intact
  • Windscreen free of any form of blemishes
  • Side screens included and in very good condition
  • All lights and lenses are intact 
  • Chrome trim all free from damage
  • Badge bar and stainless steel luggage rack fitted
  • Bumpers with stainless steel front and rear overriders intact
  • Stainless steel wire wheels in good shape with tight spokes
  • Yokohama tyres display legal tread
  • Unused spare

The Mechanics 

  • Rewarding to drive with a pleasing exhaust tone
  • 154bhp 2.0-litre Ford/Mazda-developed Duratec engine fires up instantly with no warning lights flagged on the dashboard
  • Smoke-free engine idles smoothly with no undulations
  • Said to drive well with no outstanding issues
  • Brakes are very effective
  • Five-speed gearbox engages without any notchiness or slackness
  • Clutch has a good biting point
  • No reports of oil pressure or engine temperature issues
  • No other mechanical faults to report
  • Said to pull up quickly and brake in a straight line
  • The owner informs us that the steering is tight
  • Exhaust in very good condition, with no blowing
  • The engine is cleanly presented 
  • Mild signs of age were noted on some underside components but all were in good condition 


No two Morgan's are the same, each one has its own distinctive personality, perhaps like a beloved pet - you learn to appreciate its differences and embrace the good points. As an asset, a Morgan offers many positive attributes, with charm and driving involvement being the main draws, but there’s the rock-solid deprecation and pleasantly frugal costs to enjoy too. Add in a robust paper trail of maintenance and servicing on top of its excellent prevention and low mileage, there really is no reason why this distinctively finished car shouldn't find a place in your heart. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2005
  • Make Morgan
  • Model Plus-4
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 17,994 Miles
  • Engine size 1999
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Witney
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
42 bids
  • spaceba•••• £26,750 26/09/23
  • nickbea•••• £26,250 26/09/23
  • spaceba•••• £26,000 26/09/23
  • nickbea•••• £25,500 26/09/23
  • spaceba•••• £25,000 26/09/23
  • Bootham•••• £24,500 26/09/23
  • spaceba•••• £24,000 26/09/23
  • peter-s•••• £23,500 26/09/23
  • spaceba•••• £23,000 26/09/23
  • peter-s•••• £22,500 26/09/23

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