3 Wheeler tops bucket list

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cars Guide Confidential - Twit­ter: @PaulWardGover

THIS car is mad, crazy and stupid. But I still love it. Right now, the Mor­gan 3 Wheeler has jumped to the top of my bucket list for 2015, even top­ping the Mercedes-AMG GT and the all-new Toy­ota HiLux.

It’s di­rectly re­lated to a mo­tor­cy­cle-pow­ered three­wheeler that was built more than 100 years ago in the very ear­li­est days of the Mor­gan, with the claim that it could crack “The Ton” when 100mph (160km/h, give or take) was the bench­mark num­ber for a se­ri­ous speed ma­chine.

It’s taken more than four years for Mor­gan im­porter Chris van Wyk to get the bor­na­gain 3 Wheeler cleared for Australia and it’s meant some ma­jor re­design work in Bri­tain. The most ob­vi­ous change is new in­takes that give the car a “mous­tache” but there are also proper mir­rors, bet­ter rollover pro­tec­tion, re­vers­ing light and padded steer­ing wheel.

But the ba­sics are to­tally un­changed, from the front- mounted mo­tor­cy­cle-style V‒twin en­gine to the sin­gle rear driv­ing wheel.

The whole pur­pose of the 3 Wheeler is driv­ing, in the purest sense. It’s not in­tended for fam­ily work, or com­mut­ing, or any­thing where the driver is re­ally just an­other pas­sen­ger.

It’s a car for a fast blast on a sunny day.

The first Aus­tralian cars are be­ing built at Mor­gan next month and it’s highly likely that a few will have the op­tional RAF colour scheme, repli­cat­ing a World War I fighter plane.

Or­ders are now be­ing filled for later in the year and although the 3 Wheeler is far from cheap, with a base price of $90,000, that’s un­likely to de­ter any­one who wants one.

In any case, such buy­ers are likely to have some mun­dane cars — Audi, BMW, Mercedes and the like, per­haps even a Porsche — in the garage for the days un­til the 3 Wheeler is taken out for ex­er­cise.

Mor­gan 3 Wheeler: Set for a fast blast on a sunny day

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