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[UPDATE] Morgan has released a new video (attached above) and three images with its upcoming Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition. The car is being shown with a blue lacquered finish as a nod to the company's very first production model and combined with hand-finished yellow accents.

Morgan has announced it will build a limited run, special edition variant of its enduring Plus 8 sports car in celebration of the car’s 50th anniversary.

Fittingly, only 50 of the Anniversary Special Edition models will be made. Morgan has released images and a video, although neither feature teasers of the new car, ahead of the car’s full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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It will also be the last time that the BMW 4.8-liter V8 is used in a Plus 8, having first been fitted to a Morgan in this capacity in 2008. Weighing only 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds), the car is capable of 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).

The original Plus 8 prototype was unveiled at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1968, running with a Rover V8 that transmitted power through a Moss gearbox. Around 6,000 were built until the model ended production in 2003, making it one of Morgan's most popular cars.

But the Plus 8 was revived in 2012 with the new BMW engine and with a lightweight aluminium chassis.

Managing director Steve Morris said: "The Plus 8 has always been the driver’s Morgan. Born of the racetrack, and having been no stranger to it since, has meant performance pedigree underpins every Plus 8 we have built. The Plus 8 has raced, and won, all over the world and has a fanatical following among Morgan owners."

Gallery: Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition teasers

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