The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. The cars it has produced are often as original as they are timeless, and include a series of three-wheelers (two wheels to the front and one at the back) in the 1930s and the Plus 8, first launched in 1968.
1938: an all-British outfit for the 24 Hours of Le Mans - Prudence Marjorie Fawcett was the first person ever to drive a Morgan at the Le Mans 24 Hours. She paired up with Geoffrey White to form an all-British team that finished thirteenth overall after covering 2,210 kilometres.
2002-2004: the Morgan Aero 8 joins the race - The design of the Plus 8 served as the basis for this more streamlined version powered by a BMW V8 engine. It made two outings at Le Mans and although forced to retire in 2002, it managed to finish the race in 2004.
2013: an anniversary "Art Car" - Since Morgan and Onroak Automotive entered a partnership in 2012, OAK Racing's LMP2 cars have competed under the Morgan name. For the 90th anniversary race in 2013, the #45 Morgan was designated the official Le Mans “Art Car”. It was designed by Fernando Costa, who took his inspiration from road signs, and driven by Onroak owner Jacques Nicolet, Jean-Marc Merlin and Philippe Mondolot.
Jean-Philippe Doret / ACO | Translated from French by Clair Pickworth
Photo: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 JUNE 1938. The first ever Morgan to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans finished the race thirteenth.