Rare Rides: The Very Rare Morgan Aero 8 America, From 2007

rare rides the very rare morgan aero 8 america from 2007

Morgan is a carmaker for traditionalists who wear tweeds, enjoy wooden car frames, and shun modern technology. Its customers’ tobacco pipes are firmly pointed toward the past.

Seems like today’s Rare Ride is not for them. Presenting the 2007 Aero 8.

Morgan doesn’t often develop a new model, instead preferring to fiddle around with their existing roadsters, which is the only style of vehicle the company builds. In the late Nineties though, someone decided it was time for an addition to the model range, and set to work.

The resulting car was the Aero 8, which was the first new model from Morgan since 1964. Breaking with its own tradition, the Aero 8 utilized an aluminum chassis and frame. At a weight of just 2,596 pounds, the slick roadster was powered by a very German 4.4-liter V8 borrowed from BMW. 329 horsepower were on tap, delivered to the rear via the auto’s six-speed manual.

Aero 8 had a couple other notable features: The original design included headlamps which, for aerodynamic reasons, appeared to be cross-eyed. And the fully independent suspension did not include anti-roll bars. Onlookers were discomfited by the Aero 8’s headlamps, so in 2007 Morgan released a revised version with a more acceptable looking visage. That same model year, the 4.4 was replaced by BMW’s own 4.8-liter. Horsepower jumped to 362, and an automatic transmission became optional.

An upmarket coupe version called the AeroMax debuted in 2008. It had a limited run of 100 units, and a price of $161,000 (inflation adjusted). Morgan continued production of the AeroMax, perhaps to the chagrin of original purchasers, and cut a hole in the roof. Voila, the Aero SuperSports targa coupe.

During its production the Aero 8 competed in a few different races; its best finish was 10th place in the GT class, at the 2004 12 Hours of Sebring. Production of the Aero 8 ended in 2010. Though the company announced a successor later, it never materialized. Today Morgan offers their 3 Wheeler model, and three different versions of the “4” Roadster. They have 12 dealerships spread across the United States and one near Downtown Canada.

Today’s Rare Ride is an in-betweener example of Aero 8. It has the revised headlamps of 2007, but was not fitted with the larger V8. This one was sold as new in the United States, for which Morgan developed the America version specially. The ad copy indicates 2007 was the last time the Aero 8 was offered in the U.S. market. With 20,000 miles, left-hand drive, and the most killer wheels, Aero 8 asks $149,995.

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  • 7402 7402 on Aug 07, 2019

    The good news is that if you accidentally damage a headlight you can source a replacement from a 2005-2006 MINI in any junkyard. They are the same lights only mounted on opposite sides and upside down. So much for bespoke.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 07, 2019

    How many bags of candy are hiding in those panel gaps? (Asking for a friend.)

  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2022&year2=2022&make=Jeep&baseModel=Wrangler&srchtyp=ymm&pageno=1&rowLimit=50Annual fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.
  • FreedMike How about the “Aztek” package? Wait, this car already has that…Said it before and I’ll say it again: they need to restyle the hind end on this car, stat.