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From 4 to 3 and back to 4 #654014
03/08/20 02:26 PM
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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. wink

Now - how does one change their name on this forum?

Happy Monday All.

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Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: Perry_P_M3W] #654019
03/08/20 02:45 PM
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So you didn't quite bond with the M3W!
Name change, you have to ask the Admins...
Glad you're happy with Oliver! thumbs


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Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: Perry_P_M3W] #654028
03/08/20 03:03 PM
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Yes ask Simon. He kindly changed John+4 to JohnV6


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Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: Perry_P_M3W] #654046
03/08/20 03:41 PM
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That answer why there was a photo of Oliver outside the Gentleman's Barber Shop!.
At least the steering wheel will stay on the 4 wheeler

Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: Perry_P_M3W] #654112
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Wow, Perry, didn’t see that coming!

I’m so glad you’ve changed your mind, you poured a lot of effort into choosing and personalising your 4/4 80th anniversary, it was a sad day when you put it up for adoption.

I think you need to post a picture of you new, old, new car and the next time you have urges, book an appointment with me for some counselling before you go and do something stupid again, I may not be able to read your mind next time! laugh2

Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: Perry_P_M3W] #654124
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Just to throw a little chilli into this curry, I am not sure that I agree with you about the three wheeler cornering and handling better! After following them for many miles ... and as for in the wet. Just think how happy your passengers will be now too with room for all their bits and bobs.


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Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: ewn] #654134
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Originally Posted by ewn
Wow, Perry, didn’t see that coming!

I’m so glad you’ve changed your mind, you poured a lot of effort into choosing and personalising your 4/4 80th anniversary, it was a sad day when you put it up for adoption.

I think you need to post a picture of you new, old, new car and the next time you have urges, book an appointment with me for some counselling before you go and do something stupid again, I may not be able to read your mind next time! laugh2


It was quite ironic that you did message when you did and without any inclination of what was about to transpire. So duly noted wink

There will come a day that the 4/4 will go but it's clear that trying to replace it with another Morgan isn't the way for me at least.

Re: From 4 to 3 and back to 4 [Re: waikiore] #654135
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Originally Posted by waikiore
Just to throw a little chilli into this curry, I am not sure that I agree with you about the three wheeler cornering and handling better! After following them for many miles ... and as for in the wet. Just think how happy your passengers will be now too with room for all their bits and bobs.


I wouldn't have thought it would have been as good as it was but for me at least, I found the suspension more in line to this century and turn-in/cornering was vastly better.


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