The fact that there’s only one rear wheel, and that it’s bang in the middle of the car, has as significant an effect on the Morgan 3 Wheeler's handling as you might imagine.
First, it affects the ride a little. The 3 Wheeler is deftly sprung, and it’s terrific to watch from the cabin as those diddy front wheels bounce up and down on the asphalt. But while the rear is also well damped, from time to time you do notice that it’s bounced by bumps that don’t affect the fronts. It’s not uncomfortable, or even unresolved, just sometimes surprising when you realise you’ve been unsettled by a bump or a pothole that you deliberately steered the front wheels around.
The steering itself is terrific, mind (although the turning circle is atrocious), with first-rate weight, feel and feedback. Morgan has found it possible to set up the steering system so it combines the best in weight, accuracy, response and feel in one package – a boon of having skinny tyres and a lightly loaded front end.
You can place those narrow front tyres with pinpoint accuracy, while the steering wheel tugs delicately at your fingers as it traverses bumps, ruts and cambers. Driving doesn’t get any more interactive or immediate and no other production car puts you so in touch with its engineering elements.
That serves to make the Morgan both utterly beguiling and an absolute giggle from start to finish. For every one of our testers who approached the 3 Wheeler with scepticism and drove off in it with some doubt about its abilities, you could guarantee one thing: that they’d return with a whopping grin on their face.
And, given that that seems to be the Morgan’s general raison d’etre, it’s hard to argue that it does anything other than hit its spot as well as any vehicle we’ve tested in years.