The Morgan Motor Company have been producing vehicles with their unique mix of craftmanship and modern technology for 111 years and still make their cars by hand, including the modern three-wheeler model. The origins of the three-wheeler started out when founder H.F.S. Morgan designed a single seat example for his own personal use back in 1908. This prototype consisted of a tubular steel chassis fitted with a 7 hp Peugeot V twin engine. The outstanding feature of this car was the power to weight ratio which resulted in one of the fastest acceleration times of any car in production at the time.
Since the three-wheeler was classified as a motorcycle due to its drivetrain layout, payment of British Tax was not required for these vehicles which made it a convincing selling point along with the low running costs and maintenance that equaled that of a motorcycle and sidecar. Layout gave good balance and road holding with Morgan three wheelers achieving success in motorsport plus record braking runs at Brooklands, with them having to start a lap behind similar cars at races
The Aero model was introduced in 1920. This was a three-wheeler inspired by Capt. Albert Ball, a fighter pilot who commissioned special streamlined bodywork for his Morgan. He mentioned that driving this car was the closest he got to flying his aero plane. Powerful V twin engines with overhead valves were fitted giving the three wheelers very good performance for the time
In 1927, the Super Aero was introduced with streamlined bodywork with a rounded beetle back. In 1931 a three speed transmission & reverse gearbox with single chain drive was introduced and a new model, a development of the Super Aero, the Aero Supersports was introduced. The Morgan three wheelers started to face difficult competition from cars of similar yet more practical specification such as the Austin Seven and produced their first four wheeled car, the Morgan 4/4 in 1936 which signaled the end of the three-wheeler.
This is a 1934 Morgan Three Wheeler Aero Supersports with a 1098cc JAP V twin engine with overhead valves and three speed plus reverse gearbox. It is one of the most desirable Morgan models and we have owned it for the past five years with the previous owner 24 years.
Recent re commissioning has included:
Engine rebuilt by Cameron Engineering & Motorsports Ltd in Malvern Worcestershire UK which included the following:
This is a rare opportunity to secure an extremely rare collector car of which only a handful exist in South Africa
This Morgan Three Wheeler is available for viewing at the Crossley & Webb showroom in Gardens Cape Town
Estimated Price Range:
R 700,000.00 - R 850,000.00
Still for sale.
Tuesday, 15 December, 2020 - 10:00
Tuesday, 29 December, 2020 - 17:37
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