While on Morgans I wanted to include a good video from the 1920’s -30’s. Not easy, but found this 1931 Morgan 3 Wheeler still reasonably original, been in the one family and was to be restored. This is the norm with Morgans, people don’t seem to like having to part with them and there must be untold numbers of them, especially the 3 wheelers from the 1920’s on, parked up in garages and sheds in the UK and other countries.
What is really interesting in this video are movie clips taken around the 1920-1930 era of Morgans racing and in trials. Morgans would have been lots fun, and inexpensive to race. Being light and with a reasonably powerful 1000cc V Twin motorcycle engine they were quite quick.
The one featured here has been modified as the front track is wider than standard, this is interesting as the new Morgan released in 2011 is wider in the front than previous models. I note in the racing film clips some seemed lowered especially at the rear and was probably done to improve rear wheel traction. With the rear being light in weight, and a reasonably powerful motor driving a single rear wheel with a skinny tire anything that could improve traction would be welcome.
The body is 2 seater, motors were ex motorcycle V Twins of around 1000cc , mainly air cooled JAP, with the water cooled Matchless being available as an option. Both were mounted right at the front.
In 1932 a 4 seater 3 wheel Morgan was powered by the British Ford Y engine up to 1952. This engine was fitted into the Ford Model Y with a choice of 8hp and 10hp and was used by Ford in the later Popular,Anglia and Prefect cars right up to 1960. The Ford Y looked very much like a scaled down version of the ’35 Ford V8.
In 2011 Morgan introduced a new 3 wheeler based on the original design and powered by a 2000cc S&S V twin, see the road video report of this little rocket ship here, or go below the video for more links to videos and road runs in various Morgans.
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