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Lot 21

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1959 Morgan Plus 4 Baby Doll Lightweight

SOLD $99,000

Estimate

$110,000 - $130,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

4322

Car Highlights

One of 14 Factory Aluminum Lightweights Built to Sebring Specifications
One of Five BabyDoll Racers Prepared by Lew Spencer
Single Ownership for 52 Years
Recently Serviced by a Morgan Factory Afliate
Documented with Original Sales Contract, Registration Cards, and Race Records

Technical Specs

1,991 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
128 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Rear Drums
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rigid Rear Axle with Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 1960.

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Lew Spencer first rose to prominence as a driver for Rene Pellandini’s Worldwide Imports in Los Angeles. By 1956, Spencer was primarily campaigning Morgan Plus 4s and, following several 2nd place finishes in 1958, he secured his first major win at Laguna Seca in June 1959.

Spencer personally customized five specific Morgans for racing over the years, naming them each BabyDoll (numbered I–V). The diminutive cars became notorious Corvette vanquishers, routinely defeating larger-bore opponents at local races and propelling Spencer to three SCCA Pacific Coast championships.

This BabyDoll, number III, is described by the consignor as one of just 14 Plus 4 examples prepared by the factory with lightweight aluminum coachwork, and one of the five prepared by Spencer. Sold new in late 1959 to famed broadcaster and track announcer Dick Sisich, the Morgan was raced and hillclimbed in the early 1960s, and remained in Sisich’s care until 2011.

Then purchased by a respected marque collector, the Plus 4 was treated to a thorough servicing at Morgan West, including the installation of new motor and transmission mounts, and refinishing of the high-performance Derrington headers and manifolds. The car earned Best in Class wins at all three concours it has attended since and promises to be a fantastic entrant for vintage events. This car presents a rare opportunity for any Morgan devotee or British car enthusiast.