Mor­gan 3 Wheeler. Back to the fu­ture.

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR -

By Peter Dron Pub­lished by Ve­loce 144 pages hard cover RRP: $99.99 Avail­able from Pit­stop (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 Rather than a marque his­tory, this book deals pri­mar­ily with the re-in­ven­tion of the Mor­gan 3 wheeler – a real back to the fu­ture story. Most of us are familiar with the orig­i­nal Mor­gans (which ceased pro­duc­tion in 1939) with their JAP, An­zani and Matchless V-twin en­gines pok­ing out the front, and a pair of raspy ex­haust pipes pok­ing out the rear. Th­ese were ve­hi­cles for the wind-in­y­our-face mob, best driven with a cloth cap and a silk scarf. Mor­gan went into four wheels and for­got about the trikes un­til 2011, when the new 3 Wheeler, pow­ered by a 1983cc S&S en­gine, took the Geneva Mo­tor Show by storm, re­sult­ing in a flood of or­ders. Tis book fol­lows the events lead­ing up to that launch and ex­am­ines in de­tail not just the Mor­gan, but sim­i­lar three-wheel­ers like the aborted VW CX3 and the Amer­i­can Lib­erty Ace. If you can’t af­ford the Aust$90,000 for the ve­hi­cle, the book it­self is beau­ti­fully pro­duced and an in­ter­est­ing read.

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