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Your ar­ti­cle on the Match­less V-twin cer­tainly brought mem­o­ries of my youth flood­ing back. The same MX side­valve en­gine was also fit­ted to Mor­gan three-wheel­ers which, as a wa­ter-cooled ver­sion, reached av­er­age speeds of 89mph at Brook­lands Re­lay Grand Prix in July 1933. In road trim as a three­speeder, it could do al­most 70mph too.

Around this time Match­less also de­vel­oped the air-cooled ohv model MX2 and the wa­ter­cooled ohv MX4 V-twin en­gines which, in im­proved form, re­placed JAP as the en­gine pow­er­ing all mod­els from 1935. JAP had been the sup­pli­ers for many years but I un­der­stand that sup­ply was the is­sue which led to the change. Of course cy­cle­cars were start­ing to be re­placed by big­ger / heav­ier cars so Mor­gan also de­vel­oped the 4/4 from 1937, al­though they con­tin­ued to pro­duce three- wheel­ers un­til 1952.

Mine was a 1935 Su­per Sports which was given a more stream­lined body with the MX4 en­gine and a three-speed gear­box, which I re­built. But could not get it to run prop­erly due to the side­valve cam fit­ted. So in the end I let it go for less than £100! Are you still around BOK 619?

I also owned, at a dif­fer­ent time, a Mor­gan F Su­per three-wheeler of 1938 vin­tage which I took all over the north of Eng­land. The bolts hold­ing the phos­phor bronze worm wheel kept shear­ing, which tem­po­rar­ily ended my trav­els on oc­ca­sion.

Did the Mor­gan bug ever die in me? Not a hope, even with the strato­spheric prices now in ev­i­dence. Fast for­ward to my re­tire­ment years and I have built a three-wheel Mor­gan replica; a Pem­ble­ton kit car with a Moto Guzzi T5 en­gine in an alu­minium body. It’s sim­i­lar in weight to a Gold Wing and pro­vides just as much fun.

Alan Watkin­son, mem­ber 11,957

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