The Morgan Four Four Series 3 and 4 sports car

An overview of the Morgan Four Four Series 3 and 4 Sports Car, showing the development, key features and technical data of this eighth model in the Morgan range.

In this article I offer a nostalgic look at the Morgan Four Four Series 3 and 4, one of an elite group of classic cars, produced from 1960 to 1963.

The Four Four Series 3

In October 1960, the lower priced Morgan 4/4 Series 2 was discontinued after a five-year production period during which 387 examples were built, including 38 of the Series 2 Competition model.

That same month, the two-seater 4/4 Series 3 was launched.

It used a similar chassis to that of the Series 2 model, except the track was made 2 inches wider.

Also, the Hartford friction shock absorbers, as used before, were now replaced by hydraulic units.

The 1172 cc Ford side valve engine, used in the Series 2 model, was now replaced by the Ford 997 cc, 105E overhead valve unit, as used in the Ford Anglia saloon.

It had a compression ratio of 8.9:1, developed 39 hp, 53 ft/lbs of torque and again used a single Solex carburettor.

The previous three-speed Ford gearbox was now replaced with a four-speed Ford unit.

Major changes included:

  • The closures on the side curtains were transferred to the outside of the doors
  • There were modifications to the taillights
  • A new dash incorporated rocker switches

It has been suggested that the Series 3 represents the rarest model in the illustrious Series.

During the short production period of 13 months to November 1961, only 58 examples of the Series 3 were built

The Four Four Series 4

Production of the Morgan 4/4 Series 3 was discontinued in November 1961 and was immediately succeeded by the two-seater 4/4 Series 4.

This model was powered by the Ford 109E 1340 cc overhead valve engine, as used in the Ford Consul Classic sedan.

It developed 62 horsepower at 5000 rpm, an increase of 23 horsepower over the Series 3, and was fitted with a four-speed Ford gearbox.

It had a compression ratio of 8.5:1, developed 74 ft/lbs of torque and used a single Stromberg carburetor.

For the first time, 11-inch front disc brakes replaced the all-round drums on its predecessor.

Production of the Series 4 ended in March 1963 with 114 built.

Since Morgans are built with a wood frame, this part tends to work loose, especially when the car is exposed to extensive exposure to the elements.

It is not unusual under these circumstances for the wood to need replacing after a period of about seven years.

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This marked the end of the Morgan Four Four Series 3 and 4

Perhaps this walk down memory lane has answered a possible question, or at least shed some light:

Which Morgan sports car is Your Favorite?

However, should this question still remain unanswered, in future articles on this website I will discuss to some extent the full range of Morgan sports cars seen in the momentous era from 1911 to 1996.

I hope you will join me on my nostalgic journeys down sports car memory lane.