Vilner Finally Releases New Project Based on Morgan Plus 8 Anniversary Edition
The last time we have heard about Vilner was almost five months ago. Right ahead of Christmas the tuning studio has released Porsche 911 cabrio-based project that has also drawn a lot of attention. Luckily the talented specialists have been working on many projects and have been very busy. One proof for that is their newest project, involving a Morgan Plus 8 roadster. How cool is that! But let me continue.
History Behind this Car
There is nothing but great work involved here. As usual. This Morgan Plus 8 is a very special edition, because it is one of the jut 35 ever released. It is actually an anniversary edition which was released to commemorate model's 35th birthday. As a Morgan car, it is also hand made.
Even more special about this car is that its owner has purchased it, wanting a special cockpit treatment. However, he wasn't lucky, because Morgan said that the options are limited and he should be content with the original gray-white leather and no interior detailing at all. And this is when he obviously contacted Vilner.
The tuner set a goal to give the Plus 8 the deserved attention to the detail and cabin treatment in accordance to the traditional spirit of the 35th Anniversary edition. For this purpose, the craftsmen chose vintage brown leather with diamond stitching. The latter varies in terms of color in different places. For instance, the seats and headrests received a silver leather fiber, repeating the color of the aluminum panels.
Other details, like the door mechanisms, have been wrapped in black Alcantara, while the thumbs – in brown skin. In addition, the belt buckles have also received leather treatment. Other interesting detailing involves special screws with polished metal heads, which corresponds to the beautiful aluminum wood-enhanced steering Moto-Lita wheel.
There are no exterior modifications involved in this project. So, it basically features the standard silver paint scheme, applied over the hand-bended aluminum panels. The alloys are multi-spoke and the overall style of the car is a pure expression of the British tradition.
No changes have been applied to the engine as well. This means that the 2003 Morgan Plus 8 35th Anniversary roadster is powered by the 3998 cubic V8 engine, which produces no less than 190 hp (140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque and which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that drives the rear-wheels.
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Morgan Plus 8 by Vilner. More special than the original
Quilted leather. Britons love this type of leather as its name isn't related with the origin or processing of the raw material, but with its characteristic diamond-shaped pattern created by the stitching. This is particularly common in Bentley models, and some translate the name as "leather baklava", because of the analogically shaped dessert. In this case however, this natural material is not stitched in Crewe, but in Bulgaria and by the creative hands of studio Vilner.
Selection and layout are very suitable for this car. Morgan is a legendary British brand driven by tradition: each car is based on a separate chassis to which skeleton of wood ash is mounted, which afterwards puts on aluminum panels. Everything happens by hand. This car, however, is even more special, model Plus 8 is one of only a hundred 35th Anniversary editions, which celebrate the 35 years of the production of Plus 8 model.
This makes the British V8 roadster even more valuable. The curious thing about this particular car is that the owner wanted a special cockpit treatment, during the ordering of Plus 8 in Malvern. What happened is that Morgan said that the options are limited, the original interior is surprisingly inadequate, and that the car is ... suitable for males. Gray-white leather and lack of attention to detail…
Vilner embarked on the mission to give the cabin of the car well deserved attention and style, which must flow into the traditional spirit of the 35th Anniversary. They have selected vintage brown leather with diamond stitching that stirs direct associations with the classic British gentleman's club. In places it is stitched with white thread and on others, like the seats and headrests - with silver leather fiber, which repeats the color of the aluminum panels. The standard bare details, like the mechanisms of the doors are also involved in the modification: they have been dressed in black Alcantara, while the thumbs come in the same brown leather. The belt buckles have also received leather treatment.
Nevertheless, not a single detail is too small. Vilner ordered a new set of screws for the cabin, whose polished metal heads correspond to the beautiful aluminum wood-dressed steering wheel Moto-Lita, part of the standard 35th Anniversary edition equipment.
The traditional Britons also love the phrase craftsmanship. Its immediate translation is "artisanship", with an emphasis on the know-how. The entire production of Morgan is subordinated to this principle, from the manually glued ash details and the manual bending of the aluminum sheets on the framework, to the manual preparation of car paint with sandpaper 180. And this is what makes the Plus 8 the most perfect project for the demonstration of the craftsmanship of the. A jar of whiskey and a pipe are only missing.
2003 Morgan Plus 8 35th Anniversary, 3998 cu. Cm, 190 hp, 320 Nm, 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, circa 1000 kg.