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The Stunning Morgan Midsummer Has Been Revealed

There must be easier tasks in the automotive industry than conjuring up a special edition Morgan. The distinctive aesthetic is one of the reasons why the brand is so popular. Straying too far runs the risk of alienating die-hard fans. However, if you change too little, your limited edition collectible may not justify the extra charge. And that was before a company like Pininfarina was even involved; Of course you will want to have a say, otherwise there would be little point in becoming friends. But they must not overdo it. The last thing anyone wants is a clash of cultures on four wheels. What everyone is looking for is the best of both worlds.

Hopefully we can all agree that the new Morgan Midsummer achieves this. It’s instantly recognizable as a Malvern product, but at the same time offers a very different look: the angle of the rear deck, the profile and, yes, the teak certainly ensure this. This car aims to celebrate all that is good about coachbuilding, with craftsmen and designers from both brands taking familiar chassis – in this case the Plus Six – and giving it a sensational look. Inspiration came from everywhere, including Riva speedboats, classic Lancias designed by Pininfarina and of course the Morgan back catalogue. After seeing the Midsummer in metal (and wood), it really is as stunning as it appears in the pictures.

The name might actually be a good starting point, as this is the first Morgan ever that isn’t a Plus this, an Aero that, or something that celebrates three wheels. That in itself is significant. Not only is there a roofless roadster that is at its best in June and July, for there is a Midsummer Hill near Pickersleigh Road; At the time it served as a test track for some very early Mogs. In fact, it probably still is. This sums up a lot of the appeal well: it’s coachbuilding, a tradition almost as old as the automotive industry itself, but intended for the 21st century, with Morgan’s CX aluminum architecture underneath.

With a whole lot of wood on top. Teak is unavoidable when drinking in midsummer and must therefore be given priority. What would be difficult to explain without pictures is actually beautiful; Where the decking of something like a Rolls-Royce can look a little funky, here it just perfectly complements the whole barchetta (“little boat,” remember) vibe. Because it’s Morgan, the woodwork takes up a lot of the building hours (the goal is to build one a week over the next 12 months). Where it had previously remained hidden, Pininfarina proposed celebrating and showcasing such an important part of the heritage. The exposed teak around the cabin is made up of hundreds of hand-picked, sustainably sourced layers of teak no more than 0.6mm thick, which are then laminated together so they can be shaped. More layers also mean longer durability of the exposed areas. Each Midsummer, nine sections of teak (83 square meters in total!) and more than 30 hours of work will be on display; The dashboard tops each consist of 126 layers.

If you look away from the forest, you can easily notice the almost “hot rod” effect of midsummer. Although the rails are identical to those of a Plus Six, the redesign makes it look wider and meaner – but also nicer – than any Morgan of recent times. (In total, the panels take 250 hours of work.) There are obvious aspects, like the new wheel design and the dramatically flatter rear, but also some pleasingly subtle details: the headlights are further inboard and the front arches have been redesigned. to emphasize width; the wings are not as steep for a smooth profile; and the taillights actually nestle ever so slightly into the trunk rather than sticking out. The Morgan design team talks about reducing visual noise, and where the Morgan stereotype might still be too much chrome and wire wheels, it feels very clean – yet with a magnetic presence. Fortunately, we’re told that we can expect Midsummer elements to also find their way into future production cars.

When it came to designing the wheels, it obviously didn’t take long to decide between the two parties. Here too, the modern and retro touch was captured very cleverly. Lighter than a Plus Six rim, they also use a thicker Michelin Pilot Sport 5 profile to fill out the revised arches and significantly increase the old-school roadster feel. See details – not just the wood.

As for the Pininfarina entrance externally, it’s worth drawing attention to the “piano keys” – the black, hand-formed aluminum vents inspired by the old Lancia designs – as well as the badges. While we’re used to “Pininfarina styling” on some cars, the Midsummer features “Pininfarina Fuoriserie” – the very first time it’s been used. It means “outside the series” and reflects Morgan’s status as a collaboration. It’s not a full Pininfarina project, although it’s not all Morgan either; The beautiful new emblems are a nice touch.

Although the Midsummer chassis is familiar from the Plus Six – 340 hp BMW in-line six-cylinder with eight-speed automatic transmission – the absence of any roof means a weight saving: the target dry weight is only 1,000 kg. The new Morgan will also feature Nitron dampers, which should fix some of the donor car’s occasional waywardness. The promise is: “a raw and emotional driving experience typical of Morgan sports cars”. For those who don’t want to wear a helmet everywhere, a larger windshield is offered, and a Schedoni luggage set is also on the options list. There will be no additional extras for the Midsummer, but the 50 customers will of course be free to choose which paintwork and upholstery they want. Don’t be surprised if some of these show up in this beautiful pearly white.

Inside, the Midsummer’s origins are pretty clear, and the fact that the ubiquitous BMW gear selector remains is a shame. However, here too it is the details that really increase the feeling. For example, there are new dials that are said to be a nightmare to work with modern ECUs – or a press release states: “They require a complete electronic re-evaluation”, but the effort is worth it because of the classic font and the cream color. The steering wheel has also changed; it is more elegant than usual and has center parts made of forged aluminum – which makes it look noticeably more expensive.

The exciting thing about Midsummer, even stationary, is that the longer you look, the more you can enjoy it. Hopefully these Morgans will be used and driven, but if ever a car could be viewed as just a static object, this is it. There is nothing superfluous either; The piano keys help extract air from the hood, the sleek new look is more aerodynamic and the front vents promote airflow. It’s not about design for design’s sake, which is always a concern when two brands come together and want to make their influence clear. In our view, the Midsummer is the perfect combination of what Morgan and Pininfarina do well. It’ll be on display at the Festival of Speed ​​later this summer, and we encourage you to stop by – the pictures, beautiful as they are, don’t quite do it justice. You are guaranteed to be at the Morgan booth longer than expected.

With all 50 Midsummers already taken, production will begin later in the year and continue until 2025. Morgan CEO Massimo Fumarola said of the new car: “We are incredibly proud to present Midsummer, a limited-edition special project that celebrates two centuries of coachbuilding and represents the embodiment of Morgan’s core values ​​and the pinnacle of its talented craftsmanship Workforce.

“Midsommer is aimed at enthusiastic people who enjoy an unconventional, sensual and analogue driving experience. By identifying and reinterpreting Morgan’s admired ideals, Midsummer transforms our heritage into a charming, sophisticated and timeless aesthetic.” A year – or even just a few months – will certainly feel like a long time to wait for the lucky 50. And the future Morgans inspired by it can’t come soon enough.

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