US fans getting the Morgan Roadster thanks to California importer image

The new replica laws make way for the start of sales of the Morgan V6 Roadster in the United States, after years of only being allowed to bring the 3 Wheeler.

The solid safety and emissions laws have disallowed so far the Morgan Motor Company from selling anything but the 3 Wheeler in the US, but now legislation regulating replica vehicles will pave the way for a Californian importer to start bringing the new four-wheeled Morgans sometimes alter this year. The law introduced in December last year allows low-volume automakers to sell “replica” brand-new vehicles, and they just need to resemble a car made at least a quarter century ago. The production shouldn’t surpass 5,000 units each year and the manufacturer is only allowed to deliver 325 units in the United States each year.

Now San Francisco-based ISIS Imports, the oldest Morgan dealer in the country, has decided to allow the placing of orders for the Morgan V6 Roadster this summer, with US-spec models tipped for production in the UK by the end of the year. Though most “classic” Morgan models, including the iconic 4/4, would be good for the replica program, the V6 Roadster is the initial model for US specification. It has under the hood a Ford-sourced 3.7-liter V6 engine good for 280 hp and tipping the scales at just 2,094 pounds, it will get to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.