Morgan has always made LHD and RHD 4 seaters. In fact, its largest market in the late 1950s was the USA…as high 80%+
Yes. The article has many inaccuracies…which is very sad considering the circumstances. But this is the nature of the media in some nations. Bill Fink was a much finer human being than what is written of him here. Here is an example of what has been posted to a forum, in this case a private one made up Morgan knowledgeables. It does not attempt to cover Bill’s entire adventure of a life…but it gives a sense of the man.
"My first encounter with Bill Fink was by phone in the 1990s. I was writing one of my early articles on Plus 8s, the one called Power & the Plus 8. I felt it was vital to have a section on North America versions fo the model…they were inspired by Bill Fink. At the time, the Morgan community was more territorial than we are now, and not nearly as much of international community as we were all able to create later with the internet. It created a decade long Morgan Renaissance.
Bill picked up the phone right away. He was kind and informative. He was always unfailingly humble…giving himself credit only where credit was due, and then only reluctantly. I remember thinking that was odd for a man of his accomplishments, (Rhodes Scholar, Cambridge Rowing Team with the looks of Warren Beatty). Yet he seemed actually shy! He told me that credit for the propane conversion idea came from two sources, a kind bureaucrat at the EPA and a chance tour he had of the testing division of Land Rover in Solihul, UK, where they used LPG to test run all engines. He would NEVER have made claim to half the Morgan feats attributed to him.
Yet over the ensuing years I was intrigued to see how many Morgan ideas we take for granted today were his…or those concocted in partnership with his hero, Maurice Owen, then development chief of the Morgan company. For example, American moggers had stock telescopic shock rear ends long before the rest of the Morgan world, even in the UK. And in my case and others, his Morgan re-structuring for safety spared the lives of my wife and I. His later design improvements would also have vastly improved the product but…but those ideas were not to be after 1996. By then company politics had intervened.
It must have been wondrous for Bill during those early years. A young man becoming the only US Agent for Morgan in the 1970s. And what a better place to be a young man than San Francisco in that era. It was then the world Mecca for so many young minds!! Bill was also a close favorite of Peter Morgan…and often referred to privately as “the son Peter should have had.” Sadly, that did not make a Fink a idol of the real Morgan son…and that had consequences for the company and the Overseas Market that reverberate to this day.
He and I became regular correspondents. Ideas, Morgan politics. …We exchanged many phone calls and emails and after a few years, the initiation of those contacts became 50-50 bilateral. I felt very honored about that…as he was SO reticent.
Yes, Fink was anything but a salesman. And we met face-to-face only once (this is how the internet world has changed how we all socialize!) My perception will always be of an extremely courageous soul who went his own way, when any choice based on today’s standard (money) were at his feet. But Bill made decisions based on beautiful settings in which to live and a beautiful community to become a part of.
We were lucky to have him in our worlds.