Friday, November 5, 2010

Morgan Threewheeler

I admit, I love Morgan cars. The 100 year old English car company has always fascinated me. They are everything that is right about British motoring: Distinctive design, beautifully craftsmanship, rich with history. I would love to have a Plus-4 in the garage to head out to the hills on the weekend.

Morgan Motor Cars recently announced the revival of the classic Morgan Threewheeler, and is there anything more British than a three-wheeled car?

This is not a car that simply "reminds" you of a classic car, a la new Ford Mustang or Dodge Charger. It IS the classic car only ridiculously faster:

Except where the 1930s' version ran a 10HP Matchless V-twin, the 2011 version runs a 100 HP Harley 1800. It propels the 500 KG body to 100 KMH in a staggering 4.5 seconds on the way to a 185 MPH top speed. Yeah 185, you read that right! In something which is basically 1 1/2 seats tied to a motor. It also has the refinement of a Miata 5-speed transmission powering the rear wheel.

And it looks beautiful from every angle:

Here you see the exposed pipes running down the side. I would remove any muffler material for sure and make this a straight pipe ride:

You might even qualify for carpool lane access in this car in LA - although it would be a shame to put on the stickers.

I know someone will get one of these to the US. I can't wait to see it in person

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