The first thing to remember is that the front wheels are way in front of you so it takes a while to familiarise yourself with positioning the car at junctions and through corners. If you set off from a junction a fraction too soon, it is easy to put the nose of the car into oncoming traffic!
In corners, the side lights on top of the front wings make perfect sights to gauge the correct line.
The steering has no power assistance and feels heavy at slow speeds so when manoeuvring give yourself plenty of time and space. Similarly, although servo-assisted, the brakes might feel less responsive than you are used to, so again give yourself plenty of time and space to react.
Although not particularly powerful, because of its light weight, the Morgan accelerates faster than you might expect so there is little advantage in revving the engine beyond 4,500rpm. Once on the move, 50mph feels more like 100mph anyway!
The all-synchromesh 5 speed gearbox has a conventional layout. Reverse is engaged by lifting a collar on the gearlever and moving it to the right and back towards the driver.
The handbrake is a fly-off design much favoured in the fifties. To apply the handbrake, pull the lever towards you and when the travel stops, press the button on top of the lever. You will hear it engage to prevent the lever moving backwards. To release, simply pull the lever towards you until you hear a click and let go!
It is recommended to leave the car in gear when you park as an errant knee could unwittingly release it as you get out!
The wipers, washers, horn, indicators, and main beam are controlled by the stalks on the steering column but contrary to most modern cars, the indicators are controlled by the right hand stalk so it is easy to signal a right turn by turning on the wipers if you are not careful!
Similarly, the horn is activated by the right hand stalk so unless you concentrate, your presence can be announced with a rather less effective windscreen wash.
The heater is controlled by a knob on the steering column. To turn it off, twist to release, pull out and twist again to lock. Turning it on again is the same process in reverse.
Airflow can be boosted using the 2 speed heater fan activated by the rocker switch on the dashboard. Should you need to demist the windscreen, close the pivoting circular flaps in the footwells (2 per side) and switch the fan on.
There is a radio/CD player beneath the dashboard and a power take off for sat-navs etc. situated either side of the car interior immediately adjacent the upper door hinges.
There is a key on the keyring for the fuel filler cap. Once unlocked the cap is released by pressing the ridged section. The key cannot be removed when the cap is unlocked.
The tank fills SLOWLY so be patient when filling up to avoid fuel blowing back. UNLEADED FUEL ONLY!
A blanket is provided as are hats and gloves in the lockable dashboard glove locker.
If you find it too draughty, putting the sidescreens in place cuts down buffeting dramatically.
1. Remove the sidescreens from the protective bag stored behind the passenger seat
2. Undo the 2 knurled chromium knobs on each door
3. Position the deepest part of each sidescreen towards the rear edge of the door with the metal supports facing inwards
4. Slide the metal supports between the door and the knurled knobs and tighten using the rod provided on the key-ring which locates into holes in the outer edges of the knobs.
Should it start to rain or you simply want to be a little more snug, the hood is easily erected.
1. Lift the strap behind each seat to release the hoops and rotate the pivot levers upwards as far as they will go
2. Place the eyelets along each side of the hood over the turn buttons, rearmost first, ensuring that the sealing beads are positioned along the top edge of the bodywork
3. Secure the press studs along the rearmost edge of the hood
4. Secure the front edge of the hood to the fasteners situated along the top edge of the windscreen, ensuring the sealing bead is on the inside of the windscreen
5. From inside the car, pivot the hoops forwards to support the hood with the middle hoop foremost
6. Attach the flap hanging down from the rearmost edge of the hood onto the fasteners situated on the vertical surface of the storage area behind the seats
7. Rotate the pivot levers downwards as far as they will go to tension the hood
8. Once inside with the doors closed, open the sliding windows and guide the top edge of each sidescreen beneath the corresponding flap in the hood
9. When releasing the fasteners make sure they are lifted as indicated.
A tonneau cover can be deployed to protect the interior from the elements when parked with the top down or to help exclude draughts when driving alone.
1. Place the eyelets on each side over the turn buttons, rearmost first
2. Secure the press studs along the rearmost edge of the tonneau
3. Secure the fasteners long the top edge of the dashboard
4. Secure the remaining press studs on each door
5. Zip up the tonneau
6. When releasing the fasteners, make sure they are lifted as indicated.