It may be still be winter, but that hasn’t stopped UK roadster manufacturer Morgan from showing off an adorable beach car. Called the Plus 4 Spiaggina, it’s the sort of jaunty, fun vintage sports car that will brighten up your day. While it may be a one-off for a Morgan collector, this is the sort of concept that deserves at least a limited run. Let’s dive into it.
From the cowl forward, the Plus 4 Spiaggina is identical to the standard variant of the outgoing Plus 4 roadster. However, go about five inches further and you’ll realize that the Plus 4 Spiaggina has no doors. Not just removable doors, no doors at all. The sides of this thing are completely open in beach car tradition, as they should be. You can almost smell the warm sea breeze wafting through the open cockpit.
Things get even stranger as you come towards the back of the Plus 4 Spiaggina. For starters, it has four seats done stadium-style. The front buckets sit nice and low but the rear seats are perched up high for a truly phenomenal viewing experience. They even have headrest that are integrated into a sport bar made of wood. It’s a Morgan, what else would it be made of?
In case significant practicality is needed, the rear seats fold down to create a wood-decked cargo area perfect for toting prawns, small barbecues, beach chairs, what have you. You could even theoretically sun tan on the open deck, although I’m not sure what weight the tailgate is rated for. Speaking of the tailgate, to enhance cargo carrying capacity, it bulges out from the main tub in a way that makes the Plus 4 Spiaggina look even more like a cheerful relic of the past. It’s a charming vintage look so perfectly attune with the Morgan brand.
Of course, we also need to talk about the roof because it’s crazy. This white hard-shell piece won’t just keep the sun’s direct heat off of the interior, it also hinges in the middle for a sort of Mercedes-Benz 300SL impression. While the practical purpose of this is to assist rear seat entry and egress, it looks completely bonkers in the best possible way.
Spiaggina is Italian for beach car, and the Morgan Plus 4 Spiaggina looks to live up to its name. From the open sides to the wood decking to the basketweave leather meant to recall wicker to the fabulous wire-spoke wheels, this one-off feels very Mr. Toad goes to the seaside. It’s a shame that Morgan will only make one as it seems like so much fun. Perhaps we need a twist on this concept featuring the new Plus Four that’s coming to America. Now wouldn’t that be sweet?
(Photo credits: Morgan Motor Company)
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