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The Morgan 3 Wheeler: Back to the future!

In the early years of the 21st century, the Morgan Motor Company decided to return to the configuration of its origins, with a new 3 Wheeler, the M3W. One reason for this decision was that it could no longer sell its four-wheelers in the USA, due to the costs of meeting increasingly restrictive legislation on emissions and accident safety becoming prohibitive for a small manufacturer.

The Morgan 3 Wheeler: Back to the future! by Peter Dron

Quintessentially and eccentrically English

Publication Information
Catalogue: V5875
ISBN: 9781787118751
RRP: £27.50 (UK), $45.00 (US), $59.00 (CAN)
Format: Paperback, 144 pages, 225mm x 225mm, May 2022
Photos/Illustrations: 101 colour and b&w pictures
Subject: Cars
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Author: Peter Dron
New updated and revised edition!

The Morgan 3 Wheeler: Back to the future! by Peter Dron

New updated and revised edition!

In the early years of the 21st century, the Morgan Motor Company decided to return to the configuration of its origins, with a new 3 Wheeler, the M3W. One reason for this decision was that it could no longer sell its four-wheelers in the USA, due to the costs of meeting increasingly restrictive legislation on emissions and accident safety becoming prohibitive for a small manufacturer.

The 3 Wheeler, classed as a motorcycle, bypasses these complex requirements. By coincidence, an American three-wheeler, the Liberty Ace (itself a modernised recreation of the V-Twin Morgan Super Sports of the 1930s) was selected as the starting point. Morgan then designed and engineered the new model in an astonishingly short period.

The management thought it might sell a few hundred 3 Wheelers; however, orders flooded in after its launch at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, leading to considerable complications. This is the story of how all that happened and how the resulting car is so quintessentially and eccentrically English.

More Information
• Why Morgan decided to go back to the configuration of its origins
• Now includes the introduction of the new Super 3 models
• How the modern 3 wheeler (M3W) was designed and engineered, and how it’s built
• What it’s like to drive a 3 Wheeler
• Strengths and weak points – how the factory has improved the Morgan
• Could you be an owner?
• Factory options and aftermarket mods
• A look at other three-wheelers on the market … and a few that didn’t quite make it into production

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