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Autocar - - YOUR VIEWS -

Your ref­er­ence to the lug­gage ca­pac­ity of your Mor­gan 3 Wheeler (Our Cars, 22 Fe­bru­ary) re­minded me of my first car, a 1931 BSA three-wheeler pur­chased for £50 in about 1970.

This tried to look like a ‘nor­mal’ car by hav­ing the air-cooled V-twin en­gine un­der a bon­net and a boat tail with what was prob­a­bly a slightly larger boot than that of your Mor­gan.

Novel­ties in­cluded front-wheel drive, by fab­ric univer­sal joints, and an ex­cit­ing con­trol lay­out. Not only was the throt­tle pedal be­tween the clutch and brake, but the gear­lever was lo­cated be­tween the driver’s legs!

The petrol tank was lo­cated un­der the bon­net, against the scut­tle, with grav­ity feed. On more than one oc­ca­sion when low on fuel, I had to re­verse up the steep hill be­tween Sid­mouth and Ot­ter­ton to keep the en­gine sup­plied. Oh, and the wind­screen wiper was op­er­ated by a hand lever in­side the screen. Mod­ern mo­torists don’t know what they have! Peter Tay­lor via email

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