The Morgan 4/4 Series 5 Sports Car

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     The two seater Morgan 4/4 Series 5 sports car was launched immediately following the end of production of the 4/4 Series 4 in February 1963.

     It was powered by the Ford 116E 1498 cc, overhead valve, pushrod engine, as used in the Ford Cortina saloon, and linked to a Ford four speed gearbox.

     It developed 65 bhp, 86 ft/lbs of torque, had a compression ratio of 8.3:1, and used a single Stromberg 33VN carburettor.

     A remote gear change was offered as an optional extra.

     Front disc brakes and rear drums were retained as standard equipment.

     When production ended in March 1968, after a run of five years, only 370 units of the Series 5 were built.

Technical Data                 Series 5 Competition                Series 5
Production:                              1963-1968                     1963-1968
Engine cc                                     1498                                 1498
Cylinders, bhp                             4, 83                                 4, 65
Top Speed mph                             98                                     85
0-60 mph, secs                           11.9                                  17.0

              Competition model

               "Standard" model

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     Introduced at the same time as the Series 5 was the two seater Series 5 Competition model.

     This was powered by the same Ford 1498 cc, 4-cylinder engine as used in the Ford Cortina GT saloon.

     This featured:

  • High compression cylinder head
  • High lift camshaft
  • Twin choke Webber carburettor replaced the single Stromberg 33VN
  • Developed 83 bhp
  • Compression ratio was increased from 8.3 to 9.0:1
  • Was fitted with a Ford four speed, close ratio, all synchromesh gearbox, which used a push/pull mechanism
  • Wire wheels were an optional extra

     Up to that time, only the 4/4 Series 2 and 5 featured both a Standard and Competition model.

     By March 1968, a total of 270 Series 5 Competition units had been built.

     The market awaited the launch, that same month, of the Morgan 4/4 1600 and 4/4 1600 Competition models, both of which offered improved performance. 



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