A long-held ambition to drive a 3 Wheeler is finally fulfilled

In this car journalism lark, we get to drive a lot of exciting cars.

But ask any writer about the number of cars that have actually had them giddy with excitement ahead of a first drive and they’ll probably be able to count them on the fingers of one hand.

The reborn Morgan 3 Wheeler had held a position on my pinky since its launch in 2012, so when the keys became available ahead of a sunny bank holiday weekend, I spent the whole Friday clock watching and vibrating with excitement.

Vibrating, it turns out, would be a key feature of my weekend, because the Morgan is probably the rawest motoring experience you can have on four… erm, three wheels. 

With its twin-cylinder engine burbling away up front and bolted directly to the car’s nose, the narrow body shakes and rattles with the inconsistency of an old tumble dryer. But given the car’s raw, old-school nature, it’s perhaps surprising to note just how easy the Mog is to drive. There’s no power steering, so low-speed manoeuvrability is tough, but once it’s rolling, our car’s small wheel, held with arms straight out ahead, allows you to place your hands at a quarter to three like a racing driver.

The five-speed gearbox feels contrastingly modern, and the heavy clutch pedal, although tiring in traffic, feels right in a car of this nature. And then there’s the throttle response. Just think about squeezing the right pedal and the engine’s revs have already risen by 50rpm in anticipation. It’s a delightfully welcome characteristic, especially if you’re used to driving a car with a turbocharged engine. So I take every opportunity to blip the throttle, no matter how pointless.

With every blip comes another thumbs-up from a passer-by. One man even crosses the road to highfive me while I’m sitting in traffic. Everyone, and I mean literally everyone who lays eyes on it, loves the Mog. Yeah, it’s tiring and unrefined, but it makes even the most mundane of journeys an experience. 

MORGAN 3 WHEELER

Price £31,800 Price as tested £34,567 Economy 26.8mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 7.9.16

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Morgan 3 Wheeler

After a half-century absence, Morgan returns to three wheels

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14 October 2016
This is something I'd love to have, especially with the RAF roundeled spitfire styled models. They just look like loads of fun and as such are a dream purchase of mine. Hope you enjoy your time with it, I am immensely jealous.

14 October 2016
Now here is a car where Autocar reviews on handling and driver feedback really matter more than infotainment! (However in a new 5 series review they really need to do more on in car media and traffic/nav systems than on the limit handling - for the average owner crawling at 40mph trying to get another way home home off the M42!).

 

 

 

14 October 2016
Its nice to look at but my £32k would go elsewhere

14 October 2016
I have grown to really appreciate Morgan. If I ever have the spare cash I'd love to get one, pick it up from the factory, meet the builders, the whole nine yards. That thing looks like a hoot. Enjoy!

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