2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler

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  Lot #215  (Sale Order: 15 of 48) 
Sold for: $85,000.00 to onsite
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  • Powered by a 1982cc S&S 'X-Wedge' V-Twin mated to a Mazda 5-speed box
  • 115bhp and around 500kg offers 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and 125mph
  • Finished in Dove Grey with a black centre stripe, black-painted wire wheels, black mudguards, Chrome roll-hoops, nose cowling and three-eared spinners
  • The interior is luxuriously trimmed in Royal Blue quilted leather
  • In immaculate condition, this left-hand drive Morgan has covered just 660km from new

One of the more unlikely re-introductions in an age obsessed with all things 'retro', the 3 Wheeler revived the format pioneered by company founder H F S Morgan, whose first motorised tricycle had appeared in 1910. On this occasion though, the inspiration came from across the Atlantic, where the American company Liberty Motors was building a copy of the original Morgan three-wheeler: the Ace Cycle Car. Morgan executives tried the Ace and were sufficiently impressed to buy out Liberty, thereby shortening the development time required to get their own version into production.

Morgan restyled the body along more traditional lines and redesigned the chassis (which would continue to be made by Liberty), abandoning the marque's characteristic sliding-pillar front suspension in favour of a modern coil-sprung double wishbone arrangement. They also chose to use an American-built S&S v-twin engine rather than the Ace's Harley-Davidson unit. Developed specifically for the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the S&S 'X-Wedge' engine displaces 1982cc and delivers its 115bhp maximum via a Mazda five-speed gearbox. With a kerb weight of around 500kg, the 3 Wheeler has more than enough performance for most people, being capable of getting to 60mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of around 125mph.

The Morgan 3 Wheeler was introduced to an awe-struck public at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, where one of its more talked-about features was the starter button's safety catch, as used on the Eurofighter's bomb-bay release. Morgan soon had deposits for 500 cars, having estimated that it would produce only some 100 per year!

This striking left-hand drive example is finished in Dove Grey with a black centre stripe, black-painted wire wheels and black mudguards enhanced by chrome roll hoops, nose cowling and three-eared spinners. The interior is luxuriously trimmed in Royal Blue quilted leather and sports a Blumels-style steering wheel. In immaculate condition, this little Morgan has covered just 660km from new.

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2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler
2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler
Lot number: 215
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Thursday, November 25 | 5:00 PM  GMT

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