It's hot. It's really hot. It's a boulder in the swimming pool day. And what do you want when it's hot? A convertible. It's that one time of year where you regret going for the more practical, spacious and cheaper coupé instead of the folding metal-roof Bank Holiday Weekend version.
The good news is that, whatever Morgan you want to buy - and you should definitely want to buy one - it comes with a soft-top roof. Or, if you go for the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster, no roof at all, and not much windscreen either.
The Speedster is a lightly restyled version of the standard Plus 8, launched to celebrate 100 years of production at Morgan's factory in Malvern. Upgrades over the usual model include those twin-domed, polycarbonate 'airfoil' visors, a roll-over bar, side exhausts and a leather bonnet strap. Everything else is the same as the original, including the 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine that kicks out 395hp and a top speed of 155mph.
This particular example comes with terrific traditional speedster 18in alloy wheels and a very bold interior upholstery choice. Well, a silver exterior did seem a little reserved for such a Morgan. There are also side exit exhausts ticked from the option list, so don't stand too close in your cut-off summer chinos.
That tonneau cover is made of black mohair and, as you can see in the pics, can be set up to just cover the passenger side, if no one will come and join you for your Sunday drive. At least you can put your hat and suncream on the seat if there's no one sitting there. Speaking of seats, both are adorned with Morgan-emblem stitching, plus there's Plus 8 Speedster decals stuck around the exterior - and a sticker to highlight the exposed towing eye. You know, just in case.
To finish off the package, this Plus 8 Speedster has an odometer reading of just 800 miles (must be that pesky British weather), and a complete photographic build record straight from the factory. There were only 60 models built in total, making this a special piece of Morgan history. Although with the as-new prices starting at £70k back in the day, that rarity has manifested in the current £94,995 price tag - better make the most of the July weather while you can.
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