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Return of the Roadster

Robert Ross

The Morgan Roadster is back, after being absent from the U.S. market since early 2006, when it became too complicated for the car’s boutique British builder to comply with this country’s federal crash standards. Just don’t call the new car a Morgan; it is the Roadster ’65.

The family-owned Morgan Motor Company of Malvern Link, Worcestershire, England, has been in business since 1910. Its vehicles are charming reminders that appealing design, simple but proven engineering principles, and the virtues of handcraft are as valid today as when the first four-wheeled Morgan rolled out of the dirt-floored factory in 1936. From 1968 to 2003, Morgan Motor Company built the Plus 8, which was powered by the aluminum V-8 that Buick and Rover used for decades. The Roadster, equipped with a Ford V-6, replaced the Plus 8 in 2004. The company stopped shipping the Roadster to the United States a couple years later, but it has continued to offer the car in Europe and other markets.

Like previous Roadsters, the 2014 model features…

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