The Morgan Motor Company is well known for the three-wheel automobiles that have become a favored target of collectors over the years, and the company certainly has a long history in the industry. It was originally founded by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan back in 1912, and the company is still in business over a hundred years later, headquartered in Malvern, England. Morgan Motors has stayed in the family all along; Henry’s son Peter was at the helm from 1959 to 2003, and Peter’s son Charles is now the Managing Director.
The first Morgan three-wheeler was designed by H.F.S Morgan for his own use in 1909, and it was a single-seat model. He got a lot of positive feedback so he decided to create production versions of the vehicle, with single-cylinder and dual-cylinder prototypes first put on display at the Olympia Motor Exhibition in 1911. At this time it was decided that a two-seater would be more popular with consumers, and the car, named the V-Twin, went on to earn its reputation on the racing circuit, winning the 1913 French Cyclecar Grand Prix.
The V-Twin lasted until the onset of World War II and it did not return to production after the war. The Morgan F-4 three-wheeler had been introduced in 1932, and it was the car that Morgan marketed upon the post-war resumption of commercial automobile production in Great Britain. It evolved into the F-2 and the F-Super, which were powered by four-cylinder engines manufactured by Ford. After 1952, Morgan discontinued their three-wheelers altogether and focused entirely on four-wheel vehicles.
So the world has not seen a new Morgan three-wheeler in close to sixty years, but the company has recently announced that they are in the process of reviving the car that the company was built on. Rumor has it that they will be powered by 1,000 cc engines that will be patterned after the JA Prestwich engines that were originally used. The price of the new Morgan three-wheeler is projected to be somewhere in the vicinity of $64,000 and like all Morgan vehicles they will be made by hand, so you can expect a wait if you order one.
Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer