Good day All,
About a month ago I made the decision that my time with the 4/4 had run it's course and had my eyes set on a M3W and a trade was done.
The M3W was collected about three weeks ago and was a delight to drive, look at etc. The attention it go was by far exponentially more than I ever had with the 4/4, and a 4/4 80th at that! Mind you that wasn't the reason to get it but was a surprise nonetheless. Everything that has been said and written in regards to it's excitement and visceral drive is absolutely correct. I will however say that I am of the mindset that it's a great 3rd car - again, my personal view and the reason I went with it.
I've got a daily driver, a recently acquired Porsche and the idea was that the M3W would be a fantastic stablemate to the Porsche. Sadly, after a few weeks and an underlining feeling from day one, it wasn't meant to be. Was it fun to drive? Absolutely. Does it do what it says on the tin? It sure does and then some! But I couldn't help feel I had given up something much more special and unique in the pursuit of the perfect car line up.
There wasn't anything in particular that the M3W did badly but, and I pray I don't get shot down by the M3W brigade, it failed to come close to what all goes into a traditional Morgan. The M3W does a shed load more things better than a Trad - cornering, handling, might I say ride comfort, steering and sheer excitement. Yet the charm of what I view as being a Morgan was nowhere to be found. Let's be honest, there is a lot more craftsmanship that goes into a Trad vs. a M3W and even that one point alone wasn't something I expected to have such a hold on me.
The other side of the coin was not having the appetite in going through the motions of sorting out a snag list on the M3W as I've been down that road with the 4/4. Many say it's the charm of owning of a Morgan but for me, sorting out the 4/4 to what I feel is now a massively solid car isn't something I was able to stomach. Having lived with it for just a few short weeks made it clear that this wasn't going to be a smooth ownership experience and that for me was the final nail in the coffin.
Oddly enough, the time with the M3W the following happened which can be viewed as ironic or perhaps the powers that be were trying to tell me something.
* On my drive home from collecting it I passed 4 Trads within a 40 mile stretch. I don't think I saw that many random Morgan's all of last year!
* Was clearing out a cabinet and out dropped my build book of the 4/4
* Youtube started recommending countless Trad vids for me to view with a few being all new
* The one I should have listened to from the start - Ewn sent me a random message on the eve of me deciding to take the plunge to say hello/checking how I'm doing and to share some insights on his 4/4 and how he's still loving and cherishing it. Our cars are twins btw.
I've owned my fair share of cars and have been blessed to count more than a few amazing and interesting ones throughout yet never have I regretted selling one. Until now. Thankfully Oliver is now back and he's none the wiser. I was fearful he'd throw a piston on the drive home but thankfully he behaved. Well, sort of. There is a minor issue but hope to have it sorted.
Now - how does one change their name on this forum?
Happy Monday All.