It often seems to me that people at the turn of the 20th century had some much more vision and spirit than today’s designers and engineers. Not that I am trying to take away from the accomplishments of the 21st century…but there is just something about the dawn of the motorcar that inspired thousands of people to take a chance and carve out a niche all their own.
Such was the case with Morgan, who from 1912 to 1952 built over 30,000 of its peppy threewheelers. Now Morgan, which is already planning a diesel-electric hybrid, might be bringing the Threewheeler back. I can dig it.
However, Morgan could bring the Threewheeler back, this time powered by an 1800 cc “Screaming Eagle” V-Twin Harley Davidson engine making about 100 horsepower. Not a lot of power, right? Well consider that the Morgan’s tubular frame design and use of lightweight materials keeps weight down to just under 1,100 pounds. That means this peppy three-wheeler could sprint from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while returning excellent fuel economy. That is, if you can afford the estimated $72,000 price tag.
Ok, so this Threewheeler isn’t likely to save the world anytime soon (though it looks frightfully fun). However, the idea of a cost-efficient threewheeler with seating for too, and space enough for some groceries or a couple of duffel bags sounds mighty tempting to me. Mayhaps Morgan will even make an electric one? Now that’d be awesome.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.