Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

A Gentleman's Collection: The Pride & Passion of Orin Smith

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Lot 157

1961 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster

  • Serial no. 76180
  • Engine no. TS76180ME

Sold for $51,700


90 bhp, 1,991 cc Triumph OHV inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed Moss manual transmission, sliding-pillar front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, and hydraulically assisted Girling front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • Factory left-hand drive; delivered through Fergus Motors in New York
  • Chassis and ash wood frame “remanufactured” by the factory in 1992 with restoration completed in the States
  • Previous enthusiast ownership for 20 years
  • Equipped with an authentic Triumph TR3 engine


Stephanie Smith acquired this handsome Morgan Plus 4 through the Smiths’ longtime advisor, Tom Rossiter of New Jersey, in 2012. It bears a plate on the cowl identifying it as having been delivered through the famous Bob Fergus Motors of New York. The car had subsequently been acquired by a West Virginia enthusiast in 1992 from the Morgan Works at Malvern Link, Worcestershire, as a chassis and complete wooden body tub. An aluminum skin was installed over the wooden body frame, with a scuttle-mounted roll bar, both a folding windshield and two Brooklands racing windscreens, and the dashboard fitted with restored cream-toned instruments. A correct top was installed and remains present today, along with a tonneau cover and side curtains. The result of this extraordinary effort is nothing short of superb.

In the course of restoring the car to original condition, a few sensible modifications were made, including the installation of fiberglass fenders, to prevent any further rust issues; a Super Sport-style air induction scoop on the bonnet; Super Sport-style seats with modern safety belts; and an aluminum shield to deflect any gas leakage from the carburetors away from the engine. The car retains a Triumph TR3 engine, the block stamping on which matches the original serial number stamped in its proper location on the bonnet hinge, and exhaling through correct steel exhaust. Additional modifications for regular, enjoyable use included a battery cut-off switch, a fire extinguisher mounted under the bonnet, and an electric fan. The front disc brakes were by this time correct to a Plus 4, and are assisted here by Toyota dual master cylinders, a common and accepted later upgrade well-regarded by Morgan enthusiasts.

An excellent driving example, much loved by Mrs. Smith and by all who see it, this car is one of the most fun in the Smiths’ collection. It would be ideal for a summer lake house or for enjoying on an everyday basis, as it offers the best of traditional British construction and performance to a happy new owner.

Addendum

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

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Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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New York, United States

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Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more