If you’ve ever felt nostalgic for the golden age of top-down, classic motoring the likelihood is that the Aero 8 has been haunting your dreams since its release in 2015. Morgan’s vintage-themed opus is more than just a callback; it’s a roaring, speeding anachronism and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Unfortunately, they’re nearly all gone. Sorry to have to tell you that. I know, I know, it ruined my day to hear too. Yet there is a light at the end of the tunnel, one rapidly approaching as we speed towards those final Aero 8s – they won’t actually be Aero 8s.
When the original model was formulated there was an idea in the back of the designers’ heads to create a GT version. Obviously, it never became a reality at the time, but Morgan has used the occasion of the rolling out of the final 8 Aeros to make that dream happen. Imagine everything you love about the Aero 8 and dial it up to the proverbial 11.
It’s not just a case of amping up the horsepower with a more extreme engine. That wouldn’t really fit the gentlemen racer feel Morgan are going for. Instead they’ve replaced most of the surfaces with new hand-worked body panels, including wing top louvres and a drastic rear diffuser.
It still looks as beautiful as ever, but the enhancements show that it really belongs on the track, especially as they reduce drag and amp up the downforce nicely. It’s these little changes that help the Aero GT hit 62mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 170.
There is a downside though. Remember when I said this was a ray of hope if you missed out on the Aero 8? Well that’s not exactly true. All 8 have already been sold to Morgan owners so… I don’t know. Make friends at your next Morgan rally?
Price: £120,000 (before taxes); www.morgan-motor.co.uk