Morgan imported 100 Roadsters to the United States in 2004-2006 under a Department of Transportation exemption. The Roadster replaced the venerable Morgan Plus 8 and is identical to the Plus 8 except with a modern drivetrain due to a new Ford V6 3.0L.  The Roadster develops similar power to the Plus 8; however, performance was increased due to its lighter weight. The chassis is a “ladder” frame design and built from galvanized steel.  The body is hand formed steel and aluminum around an ash sub-frame.  The suspension is the traditional Morgan “slider-type” in the front, with a solid axle and leaf springs in the rear.  In typical Morgan fashion, the interior of the Roadster is full of Smith Instruments, firm leather seats, and floor-hinged pedals.

This 2005 Morgan Roadster was purchased new at MorganWest in Santa Monica, California in 2006. It is finished in Morgan Metallic Black over a red leather interior. This Morgan is powered by a Ford 3.0-liter V6 paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The car remained in Los Angeles until 2011 when it was passed to the original owner’s son in Seattle. It now shows just under 14k miles, approximately 10k of which have been added by the current owner. This Morgan is now offered on behalf of the current owner with service records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Washington title in the current owner’s name.

Finished in Morgan Black Metallic, this car is one of approximately 100 Roadsters imported to the United States for the 2004–2006 model years. The Roadster features steel and aluminum body panels over an ash wood subframe and a galvanized steel chassis.

The convertible top, sidescreens, and tonneau are black, and the sidescreen bags are black with grey piping. A rear-mounted spare tire and a chrome luggage rack are fitted. Stainless-steel 16″ wire wheels wear size 205/55 Pirelli tires.The interior is upholstered in red leather. The seats feature black piping, and the black carpeted floor mats have red piping. The side curtains incorporate sliding windows.

Smith instruments are set into a wood-faced dash behind the airbag-equipped steering wheel. The digital odometer shows just under 14k miles, approximately 10k of which reportedly have been added by the current owner. A chrome shift lever, an Alpine stereo, and floor-hinged pedals are present.

The Ford 3.0-liter V6 is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. Receipts for services dating back to 2006 are shown in the photo gallery below. An engine oil and filter change was performed in December 2019. The Morgan utilizes a slider-type front suspension and a live rear axle with leaf springs. Additional pictures of the underside are presented in the gallery.

The November 2019 Carfax report is free of accidents and other issues, and it has entries through 2017 with two owners in California and Washington. It is always garaged and driven at least every two weeks. The car has only 13,800 miles on the odometer and looks and drives as it should. It has recently undergone a full inspection and service and would be a fantastically fun addition to any collector of fine British motorcars!

 

2005 Morgan Roadster - ONE OWNER from new

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