The old-school roadster takes the hit like a champ despite a production method that's over 80 years old.
There can be a temptation to show off your buddies when leaving the local car show, but clips like this one of a Peugeot riding up the rear of a Morgan 4/4 shows why it’s best to suppress the desire of flaunting your vehicle’s performance on public roads.
The clip opens with the Morgan 4/4 leaving an automotive meet-up in the United Kingdom. The road is a single lane in each direction but a grass median separates it. The Morgan driver pulls out to the right and initially appears to stay along the shoulder of the street, but the person then merges into the actual roadway. Unfortunately, a Peugeot comes along at a high speed and slams into the back of the roadster. The hatchback even briefly rides up the rear of other vehicle like a ramp.
The Morgan 4/4 celebrated its 80th year of production in 2016, and the British automaker has continued to use essentially the same production techniques during that time. A steel ladder frame underpins everything, but Morgan continues to build a wooden sub-frame out of ash that supports many of the metal body panels.
Despite a production process old enough to receive Social Security, the mix of wood and metal appears to hold up incredibly well. The angle in this video isn’t ideal, but it appears that the Peugeot takes more considerable damage than the Morgan.
Without seeing a wider angle of this crash, it’s somewhat hard to figure out which driver is at fault. Some of the blame might fall of both of them, in fact. The clip suggests the Morgan turns without leaving enough room for the Peugeot. Initially being in the shoulder and then merging left could also confuse other motorists. However, the Peugeot driver doesn’t appear to be slowing down much before the crash, especially if he/she saw the Morgan pulling out. Let us know in the comments how you would judge the blame for this crash.
If you're curious about Morgan's mix of wood and metal in the frames of its vehicles, the clip below explains the build process in detail.