Mor­gan’s trike force

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

THE world’s wack­i­est car is nearly ready for Aus­tralia. The Mor­gan 3 Wheeler is into the fi­nal stage of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and should be set for de­liv­er­ies be­fore Christ­mas with a price tag be­low $70,000.

More than 300 peo­ple are keen to get a car and the num­ber is ex­pected to rise fol­low­ing the car’s first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance— in clas­sic Bri­tish Rac­ing Green— at last week­end’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix meet­ing.

‘‘ The car we brought to the AGP is built to com­ply with the Aus­tralian De­sign Rules and we’re hop­ing for smooth sail­ing from here. We hope to have the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion done by June,’’ head of Mor­gan Cars Aus­tralia Chris van Wyk tells Cars­guide.

‘‘ We have spent the past two years work­ing on ADR com­pli­ance and we think we have done all the hard work.

‘‘ We’ve had to com­ply with three dif­fer­ent crash tests, dif­fer­ent steer­ing, higher rollover hoops, head­rests and meet­ing the ADR noise test.

‘‘ The car is with our com­pli­ance en­gi­neer this week and he will go through it with the prover­bial fine-tooth comb. Once he is sat­is­fied we will ap­ply for in­spec­tion by the of­fi­cials from Can­berra.’’

Van Wyk says Mor­gan will build Aus­tralia’s first cars in the sec­ond half of the year and he hopes to have cars with cus­tomers from Septem­ber.

‘‘ The re­sponse to the 3 Wheeler has been quite un­prece­dented in our ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘ We have over 300 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est. I have no idea how many will turn into or­ders, as this is new ter­ri­tory for us.’’

The 3 Wheeler is a rein­ven­tion of a 1920s Mor­gan, with a twin-cylin­der mo­tor­cy­cle en­gine pow­er­ing the front wheels and steer­ing from the sin­gle rear wheel. It’s been sell­ing strongly in Europe since last year with most own­ers cus­tomis­ing their cars — some with liv­ery that is mod­elled on fighter planes. This re­porter isonTwit­ter

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