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This time, Slot Classic brings you the mythic Morgan Plus 4 SS with number-plate TOK 258, which made history winning its class of 1601 from 2000 cm3 in the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans race.

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At the end of the fifties, the Morgans were racing very competitively in UK club events. Many of these achievements were possible thanks to a great pilot and trainer called Chris Lawrence.

In 1961 Lawrence and his partner, Shepherd-Barron, inscribed a Plus 4 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it was very critized. They were even told that instead of racing, they should take the car directly to a museum. All those critics and the reality that the car wasn’t very competitive, made them desist this time, but it was the incetive for the competitive Lawrecence, this time with Morgan’s support, was again inscribed in 1962.

The car was lighted with a aluminum body, and its front bonnet was modified with an additional air-take to allow the generous double carburacion that the 2 litre-mechanics Triumph TR provided. All of this, united to a special Lawrencetune camshaft, gave a estimated 160bhp.

To improve the aerodynamics (the weakest point in the Morgan), Lawrence built a hardtop of fibre-glass, which remedied in part the slight outright speed of the “old MOG” in the long straight of Hunaudières.

In the race they competed with more sofisticated and modern cars, but making a race without mistakes and mechanical failures, they managed to get to a deserved 13th place, and winners of the class from 1601 to 2000 cm3. At a international level, the success of Lawrence/Shepherd-Barron in the 24 hours is without any doubt one of Morgan’s finest achievements.

We would like to thank Clifford Baker, editor of the Morgan World magazine, and Rick Bourne, present owner of the TOK 258, for all the graphic and technical information for the building of the model at a 1:32 scale.

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