After 84 years of nearly continuous production, Morgan has built its last steel-chassis car. All Morgan sports cars will now use the bonded-aluminum CX-Generation chassis introduced in March 2019.
The steel ladder-frame chassis was introduced in 1936 and has remained in production ever since, except for production stoppages during World War II and the coronavirus pandemic, Morgan said in a press release Tuesday.
The chassis was first used on the Morgan 4-4, so named because it was the British automaker’s first model with both four cylinders and four wheels. Up to that point, all Morgan vehicles had been 3-wheelers (the company still makes a 3-wheeler).
While it underwent modifications over its lifetime, the same basic chassis underpinned most Morgan sports cars over the next eight decades, accommodating V-6 and V-8 engines, as well as rear seats. Prior to 2019, the only Morgan sports cars that didn’t use this chassis were