First and foremost, thank you All for the kind comments about my MOG and replies in general. All input and views are greatly appreciated.
To avoid a long string of quotes, I'll try by best to provide input on all questions.
I wish I could have both but currently that isn't an option. I've got the Morgan and a Porsche Boxster GTS that I got just last year and adding a third toy isn't do-able. Budget won't allow and garage space. Houses here in the UK rarely have a two car garage and a single one that fits a car is deemed a luxury!
General Views of Morgan
If you have watched the Balvenie video link, you will have gotten a sense of the craftsmanship that goes into a 4/4. The gent who commented about measuring twice and cut once is the main installer of the convertible tops and was lucky to be paying a visit as he was putting the finishing touches on mine. The older gent, Taff, who talked about retirement installed the carpets and centre tunnel coverings and again, happened to be there when it was being finalised. So for me at least, it wasn't just a bespoke car but a very personalised journey and made to feel 'part of the extended Morgan family.'
I have to say, the day I drove it home was VERY anti-climatic. I think I had more fun commissioning it and visiting the factory than I did getting my hands on it. lol
Take away the warm and fuzzy parts of a historic brand and what I mentioned above and a Morgan is a bit of a mixed bag. My snag list to get it right was long, it's not exactly the most comfortable car to drive, limited in many ways and some aspects scream 'car built in a shed' mantra.
But on a perfect day and paint gleaming, the view down the long bonnet and a favourite country road erases all the shortcomings.
It is a pleasure to own and humbled to be the custodian of it but I am also pragmatic about how I use it. A visit to a car meet or pub on a sunny afternoon.
While the car is simple in design and engineering, there is a lot that can wear and needs constant tinkering. Greasing the suspension, lubricating the beading between body panels, bee's wax or Vaseline the cloth stripes that sit between the bonnet and body etc.
From the research I've done, it's them or Pilgrim and from a few people I've spoken to, the Chesil is the better built unit. I'm told I could have a build slot in 7 months with Pilgrim offering one in 22 months!
My visit to the factory will 100% help me see for myself on what this is all about.
As I only use my 4/4 for the odd car club meet, visiting a pub or a short blast down a country lane to enjoy the sun, I figured a 356 can fill those needs and provide something different look/feel wise.
A few comments were made concerning these not being reliable. I know an air-cooled engine will need to be maintained to ensure longevity but I am perhaps being foolish in thinking that because the car will be for the most part complied of all new parts, that I wouldn't have too much to worry about.
I know a Speedster won't have the level of hand craftsmanship that goes into a Morgan but in my view, they truly are stunning and from the few video's on youtube, they are calling out to me loudly!
I fully respect that comments made that Morgan is a historic brand and in the end, the Chesil is a copy, but the one thing I've learned over all this Covid madness is YOLO.
Looking forward to my factory visit more now than ever which will help me make an informed decision. I am bringing a friend who was given strict instructions that under no circumstances am I to put a deposit down.
Sorry again for the long winded reply.
Hope this find you well