Description

Description

  • This car has three-wheels rather than four, which was a popular British tradition.
  • The first three-wheeled Morgans were built between 1908 and 1909 and used one of the first independent front suspension systems ever made.  
  • Production of three-wheeled Morgans stopped in 1952.
  • Three-wheelers were reintroduced in 2009 in celebration of the company’s 100 years of manufacturing. 

 

Story

Story

Between 1908 and 1909, the first Morgan car was built in England by H.F.S. Morgan, with help from his college engineering shop professor.  This first car was a lightweight single-seater with three wheels.  It used one of the first independent front suspension systems ever made.  Morgan established the Morgan Motor Company, Ltd. in 1910 and introduced his first production car at the Olympia Motor Show in November 1910.  Because the single seat drew negative attention at the show, he developed a two-seater version for 1911, and the company began to show a profit.  

Sales were helped by numerous successes in racing and by the production of a four-seater.  Water- or air-cooled engine options were available from many manufacturers (Anzani, J.A. Prestwich, Precision, and Blackburne).  With few design changes, three-wheeled Morgans continued to sell well until the early 1930s when competition from makers of less expensive four-wheeled cars, and the general state of the economy, drove prices down.

Morgan introduced its first four-wheelers in 1935 and dropped the J.A. Prestwich (J.A.P.) engine in favor of the Matchless.  In 1952, production of three-wheel cars ceased, but they were reintroduced in 2009 in celebration of the company’s 100 years of manufacturing. 

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