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Vehicle history #668754
24/10/20 03:33 PM
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According to my V5 my 4/4 was "Registered/Used overseas". The duplicate V5 from 2001 (I think) also states "Imported". Date of first registration in the UK was 4th March 1975 although declared manufactured in 1974 (thus the M reg). I'm wondering how I find out where it was for the first few months of it's life. Will the Morgan Chassis Record document be any use in this?

As a matter of interest I was able to contact the owner of the car from 1998 (shown on the old V5......not done any more due to data protection!). He still has the rear bumper in his loft!

Re: Vehicle history [Re: thelastgizmo] #668765
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I don't think the chassis record will help. I just looked at the one I have for my old 4/4 of 80s vintage. It just shows the spec and at the car dealer who sold it.


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Re: Vehicle history [Re: thelastgizmo] #668794
24/10/20 07:03 PM
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Yes as John says, the chassis record is just a single sheet giving the date of manufacture, the dealer and any options (it's a bit disappointing, given the price!)

It would be interesting to confirm the age though, are you sure it's really a 1974? Just because it's an "M" reg doesn't necessarily mean it's not older, the rules about not having a newer registration didn't apply back then - I once owned a 1962 Land Rover on an "M" plate. It seems a bit strange for a car to be exported for just a few months.

Have a look at the Morganville Registry at morganville.org and compare your chassis number with the nearest one there.


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Re: Vehicle history [Re: thelastgizmo] #668800
24/10/20 07:55 PM
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Thanks for that link Ian. I've checked the registry and my chassis number ties in with others of 1974, although one 4/4 with a number 10 higher than mine appeared as 1972 (typo?).

Did Morgan export direct or would it have to have been done through a dealer? Maybe the dealer that Morgan supplied to would be a clue. Probably not worth the money Morgan are asking for the privilege though. Did they have dealers in the channel islands? The car is right hand drive and I can see no evidence of it being left hand drive. A lot can be lost over 46 years though.

It's not essential to my enyoyment of the car but a bit intriguing all the same.

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If you are a member of the MSCC they also have a register.
Possibly not quite as comprehensive as MMC, but they might be able to give you another pointer. smile


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They have never had a dealer in the C.I. Cars here are typically bought from a dealer who arranges the export. For export cars you could also buy direct from the factory which I did.


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Re: Vehicle history [Re: Graham, G4FUJ] #668930
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Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
If you are a member of the MSCC they also have a register.
Possibly not quite as comprehensive as MMC, but they might be able to give you another pointer. smile


Thanks Graham. I'd been wondering about joining. Seems a better use for my "grey" pounds!


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