If this had appeared five years ago I would have been impressed; it’s wide-ranging, readable and well illustrated in Crowood’s attractive AutoClassic style. There is a history, plus tables, roadtests, and comments from Charles and Peter of that ilk.
But after seeing so many Morgan books I searched for anything much new in it, except that I learned the names of some of the Morgan workforce and some esoteric details of assembly. The factory chapters are minutely, indeed obsessivly detailed – we are even told what grade of wet-and-dry is used on the primer. Fans will wallow in it.
But there is a contradiction, too: the overall tone is positively panegyric, implying that Morgans are the only “real” cars left and somehow better than modern cars for being built with pre-war methods. Yet a section on development work describes attempts to improve access, ergonomics, storage, ride, drag, safety and looks. Let’s just admit it: Morgans are silly cars which happen to be great fun.
• Patrick Stephens has brought up to date and republished Life At The Limit by Graham Hill, with a Foreword by Damon. You can enjoy Graham’s 255-page book for £16.99. W B