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Morgan Mystery

Ours good friends at Prewarcar.com have this very interesting mystery and you can read about it on their very nice site. Part of the post that they have about it is below.

We found the picture of this strange looking Morgan in an old Dutch magazine. There was no description, except that this is “a small car on three wheels, a so-called cycle-car, becoming popular in England and France”.

One response to “Morgan Mystery

  1. It appears to be a variant of the Grand Prix model Morgan, which was based on the cars built for the Cyclecar Grand Prix of 1913 (which was won by the Morgan of W J McMinnies). Most Morgans at that time had a sheet-metal engine cover that also hid the fuel and oil tanks, and the radiator if present. Early Morgans were mostly air-cooled but it was apparent as engine output and performance increased that water cooling was necessary. The racing cars’ OHV engines were too tall for this cover, so it was removed. Because then the uncovered tanks and radiator looked unsighly, they were faired into the body. This was the origin of the typical V-twin Morgan looking like the body and chassis were built without reference to each other, with the engine out in front of the ‘bonnet’. Because this one is air-cooled, only the tanks have been faired in. Morgan built these almost on a one-off basis as the design was still evolving (only in its fifth year), and many were also modified by their owners. Indeed, much of the development happened on owners modifying their own cars, with successful modifications being adopted by the factory — which is still part of Morgans’ product development today.

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