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Morgan and Pininfarina join forces to create the beautiful Midsummer roadster

All 50 examples are spoken for, sadly

A one-off that is so beautiful you can't help but recite poetry about it. PHOTO FROM MORGAN

British sports carmaker Morgan and Italian design house Pininfarina have teamed up to bring the world a limited-edition open-top two-seater.

Called the Midsummer, this stunning barchetta-style roadster will be limited to just 50 examples, and celebrates the more than two centuries of combined coachbuilding expertise of the two companies.

Naturally, that means the Midsummer will be hand-built to the specifications of the lucky few who will get their hands on one. We say gotbecause all 50 are apparently already sold.

Is it still quintissentially British? PHOTOS FROM MORGAN

Featuring aluminum bodywork and visible wood structures, Morgan says that it takes 250 hours to make the body panels for each car. And if you look at some of the work that goes into it, it’s easy to see why.

The wooden elements, for example, are made from hundreds of individual layers of teak that are laminated together. In total, 83sq-m of teak is used in each vehicle, with the dashboard alone consisting of 126 layers of the sustainably sourced wood.

This car should be properly quick with what's under the hood. PHOTOS FROM MORGAN

The car is based on Morgan’s CX platform and Plus Six underpinnings, and while no details on power output or options have been released yet, the Midsummer is unlikely to be a slouch.

If it has the same BMW six-banger as the Plus Six, then there should be at least 335hp under the hood that is transferring power through an eight-speed auto box. Beautiful 19-inch monobloc rims complement the unmistakably Morgan silhouette, and the whole thing simply looks gorgeous.

More exposed wood than your average Rolls-Royce. PHOTOS FROM MORGAN

The inside is also not to be sniffed at, offering features like an aluminum steering wheel and a Sennheiser stereo.

That’s next to the obligatory leather-and-wood combination, of course. Barchetta loosely translates as little boat,and rarely has this description seemed more appropriate for a car than with the Midsummer.

Looking at some of the materials and the curves on this machine, boatlike elements are present throughout, but unlike real boats, this tidy number performs best when on dry land.

There's no better place to show off this artwork on wheels than at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. PHOTOS FROM MORGAN

The name Midsummer has two origins, according to the firms. For one, it indicates the height of summer and therefore the perfect time to drive such an open-top machine.

But it also refers to Midsummer Hill, which forms part of the Malvern Hills near the Morgan factory and the birthplace of company founder Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan.

With all 50 cars already taken, your best bet to seeing one in real life is probably the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Morgan has promised to showcase its latest creation.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.