Sometimes automakers get pretty elaborate when it comes to names for special edition cars. You won’t find that kind of pretentiousness with the new Morgan Plus Four LM62. It’s a familiar machine with a familiar shape and power, but adorned with a few stylish aesthetic touches that pay homage to the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Hence the LM62 name.
What was special about the course in 1962 of the infamous endurance race? You may know that Ferrari takes the top three spots, but moving further down the winners list you’ll find Morgan winning its 2.0-litre class against better-funded teams with more powerful cars. Drivers Christopher Lawrence and Richard Shepherd-Baron eventually beat 17 other competitors, covering more than 2,255 miles at an average speed of 93 mph. The vehicle? Why, it was a Plus 4, of course.
To honor the 60th anniversary of this occasion, the modern LM62 Plus Four (spelled out instead of a number) benefits from a special graphics package that highlights the LeMans winner’s number 1. 29 cockade on the sides and the hood. It also rolls on silver-painted wire wheels with optional spinners, and in the back you’ll find a LeMans-style fuel cap. It’s available in Morgan Tertre Rouge or Morgan Jet Green, though both shades are complemented by a Heritage White hardtop. And of cours there is a special badge on the outside.
By the way, you will also find special badges inside. The door handles are laser engraved LM62. The seats receive embroidered headrests; wood trim is found on the dash and console, and each car receives a numbered plaque identifying its production number in the limited run. How many LM62s will be built? That would be 62, for reasons that should be quite obvious.
There’s no mention of performance upgrades, although the Morgan Plus Four LM62 does benefit from the company’s active exhaust system. As standard, the Plus Four uses BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts), which is enough to send the little sports car to 60 mph in under five seconds.
The Morgan Plus Four LM62 is on sale now, with prices starting at £78,995 in the UK.