New replica law allows for sales of Morgan V6 Roadster in the U.S.
For the past few years, stringent safety and emissions laws have precluded the Morgan Motor Company from selling anything but its 3 Wheeler in the U.S. Now, however, a new law concerning replica vehicles will allow one Californian importer to begin selling new four-wheeled Morgans later this year.
A new law passed in December 2015 makes it considerably easier for low-volume automakers to sell “replica” brand-new vehicles so long as they resemble a car made at least 25 years ago. Manufacturers must produce fewer than 5,000 cars annually and can only sell 325 replicas in the U.S. per year. The bottom line is that this ruling opens the door for “old” cars to be sold as brand-new models; a Morgan that has been around for several decades, for instance, can once again be offered as a new vehicle in the U.S.
San Francisco-based ISIS Imports, the country’s longest-serving Morgan dealer, plans to begin taking orders for the Morgan V6 Roadster this summer, with production of U.S.-specification cars expected to begin in the U.K. by the end of 2016. ISIS Imports sales and marketing director Tcherek Kamstra says that the importer already has a long waiting list of interested clients.
“We’ve been watching the law and studying the law and keeping on top of it for a very long time,” she told Motor1. “We have so many people who have been waiting years for a new Morgan, that they will take any model we can have.”
Although most “classic” Morgan models, including the iconic 4/4, would be eligible for the replica program, Kamstra says for now only the V6 Roadster is being prepared to U.S. specification. It comes with a Ford-sourced 3.7-liter V6 engine rated for 280 hp. With a dry weight of just 2,094 pounds, the car gets to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 5.5 seconds.
Exact pricing for a U.S.-spec Morgan V6 Roadster has not been confirmed, but Kamstra says the car starts at about £40,000 and will have a £1,500 surcharge for preparing it to American specifications -- for a total of the equivalent of $61,000 before any of Morgan’s many customization options are applied.
“We hope that all the options that are available to the U.K. buyer are available to the U.S. buyer,” says Kamstra, but that, too, is still up in the air.
ISIS Imports has a long waiting list and has taken several deposits for new Morgans.
Source: ISIS Imports