Morgan to build new Threewheeler in 2011

Morgan to build new Threewheeler in 2011

The original Morgan Threewheeler provided the base of Morgan’s success for more than 40 years. It was fast and economical and highly successful for the time, both on the road and the race track. But after building 30,000 trikes between 1909 and 1953, Morgan ceased production of its automotive tripod. Now, 58 years after its demise, the British automaker is planning the return of the Threewheeler with a new model that is set to go on sale next year.

The original three-wheeler was a rapid machine for the time, but also achieved great fuel economy numbers and in 1913 a trike won the French Grand Prix while averaging over 100 miles per hour on the banked curves of Brooklands. Morgan is attempting to build on this legacy and describes the new 2011 Threewheeler as “a fusion of modern technology into a classic design, and a perfect solution for 21st century transportation.”

The new Threewheeler is powered by a Screaming Eagle 1,800cc Harley-Davidson engine, matched to a five-speed manual transmission lifted from a Mazda5. The powertrain is good for 100 horsepower at the rear wheel, which can push the 500kg trike from 0-100kph in just 4.5 seconds and on to an estimated top speed of 185 kph.

Buyers will be able to select one of eight exterior color choices, which are all complimented by black components in matte or gloss finish. The interior is clad in either black or tan leather and features aircraft-style toggle switches to operate the various accessories. The initial production run will be for the standard Morgan Threewheelers and then a customised version will be made available for customers who want a trike tailored to their specs. There’s no word on pricing yet, but don’t expect those 1909 prices.

Check out more images of the Morgan Threewheeler in the gallery below.

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