Morgan revives the Threewheeler

4 Nov, 2010 2:18pm Tom Phillips

Malvern firm resurrects classic Threewheeler, now with Harley Davidson power.

The Morgan Threewheeler is back! For the first time in 58 years, Morgan is planning to offer its classic motorbike-engined Threewheeler for sale again next year.

Around 30,000 examples of the original model were built between 1909 to 1953. But while the new version retains the old school looks, Morgan has thoroughly updated the design. For a start, power is now delivered to the single rear wheel by Harley Davidon’s latest 100bhp 1.8-litre V Twin motorbike engine, which is mated to a five-speed gearbox sourced from Mazda.

Thanks to the fact that the Threewheeler weighs in at around 500kg, Morgan predicts that the car will complete the 0-60mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and hit 115mph flat out.

The car is features an aircraft-style cockpit, including details like a bomb-release starter button, which Morgan claims “indulges the feeling of flying through the air.”

Buyers get the choice of eight colours, gloss black detailing and a choice of black or tan leather interiors. As with all of Morgan’s cars, a high degree of personalisation will be offered. Prices will be announced after the car’s launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

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This thing just looks like a road worthy go-cart but still kool

I think Morgan needs to be looking forwards, not backwards! I'm all for modern interpretations of classic designs, if done well, but aside new mechanicals this thing just looks like the have just pulled out the old blue prints and didn't bother on any new design angle.

There are plenty of better, faster, more practical cars than this that offer wind in the hair, seat of the pants driving for less money they'll probably offering this at. Think Aerial Atom (ok not practical but it has got 4 wheels) Caterham, Westfield, Lotus 7 etc, etc. Morgan, bin it, and have a rethink please!

100bhp from a 1.8l engine? If I recall correctly the Jap JTOR engines in the 30's were around 990cc and 55bhp more hp per cc than these engines 80 years later.

There's only one other Car company in the world I am aware of that continually produces all of it's past antiquated models despite it being 2010.... and that is LADA. Nuff said.

Certainly looks the part, simple is good.
The hand made car (kit) boys could probably have one of these for sale before the Geneva Show and certainly miles cheaper.
Dont worry though Morgan, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

To Alex S and others, the kit car industry has indeed produced a similar offering. In the mid to late 1980s, there was the Triking - a Morganesque three wheeler powered by a Moto Guzzi V twin engine.
Actually, I have just discovered that it is still in production - website is at: http://www.trikingsportscars.c...
Probably cheaper than the Morgan and well proven too!

If the Triking does not suit (and the forthcoming Morgan too expensive), another bunch of options can be found here:
Apparently, options are available to use Citroen 2CV, Honda or Moto Guzzi V-twin engines.

I can't think of a more pointless vehicle than an overpriced, skinny-tyred 3-wheeler with no weather protection and powered by a Harley lump.
They'll sell hundreds.

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