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Old 27 Aug 2004, 13:40 (Ref:1079169)   #1
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Morgan Aero 8, credible or not?

How do you all rate the Morgan Aero 8 ?
A friends amazed me, by turning up in a used 2002 one. Rechons it cost him 2/3 new price.

Basic spec is:

Cost new circa £60,000 sterling
Radical all aluminium chassis and coachwork
BMW Z8 286bhp V8 + 6 speed
Kerb weight 1000Kg (less than a Mini Cooper)
Air con, leather std.
Leaky rag top and virtually no rear ward vision.
Works car entered Le mans this year but sadly didn't complete enough laps to be classed as finisher


After having driven the thing, I have to say I couldn't have been more wrong about what this car actually offers.
How do you all view this car and what does it say about the driver. Also why are used values so low ( for a Morgan)?
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Old 29 Aug 2004, 23:24 (Ref:1081018)   #2
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Personally I have been put off by the photos. Although the car may be great to drive the 'cross-eyed' headlights are ridiculous.
The Plus 8 knows has a clear cut image - a 1930's car brought up to date. On the other hand the Aero 8 looks like a poor attempt at 'repro' styling.
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Old 29 Aug 2004, 23:33 (Ref:1081023)   #3
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Remember to take your rose tinted specs when going to the showroom to place a deposit.
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Has anyone ever easked them about the headlights?
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Old 30 Aug 2004, 18:58 (Ref:1081771)   #5
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Has anyone ever easked them about the headlights?
You won't be surprised to discover, that they're off the current VW Beetle. It's all supposed to be aerodynamic etc........
Personally, I reckon the car looks better in the flesh, than in the pix, as the wild 3-D curves look even more imposing.

Here's a pic of the limited edition GTN based on the Le Mans car. Only 11 built. Note wheels,side exhausts,Hardtop,330BHP front brake cooling vents.
http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/sales/...edcar__gtn.JPG
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Old 31 Aug 2004, 14:10 (Ref:1082706)   #6
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The Areo 8 is great. Obvious styling flaw ,it looks like it has run into a tree head on.
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Seems to me the car is meant for the DRIVER who doesn't give a toss whether other people like the look of it.. surely its awesome dynamics make is very special. Poseurs can buy TTs or BMW hairdresser roadsters instead....

My STi looks **** compared to many other cars, but looks heaps better from behind the steering wheel!
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Old 1 Sep 2004, 08:53 (Ref:1083567)   #8
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[i]My STi looks **** compared to many other cars, but looks heaps better from behind the steering wheel! [/B]
I agree, the STI is another revelation. Having driven one, it makes you wonder what the rest of the world is doing, getting 300 bhp from 4 litres when Subaru get it from two.

Imagine what the sales could be, it they put it in a body styled by Bertone or Pininfarina.
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The chassis is still made fron wood isnt it?

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Not my cup of tea, but my old man likes it. I think the lights are strange to look at, the rest of the car looks good - just like other classics.
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