£30,000 Price range
The Morgan 3-Wheeler is the Malvern-based sports car company’s most popular model since its re-release in 2011, and its easy to see why. It’s original design can be traced back to over 80 years ago, yet modern touches ensure that this is one of the most entertaining driver’s cars (technically it’s a tricycle, but you know what we mean) money can buy.
It receives unanimously excellent reviews from the critics, who love the driving experience, the looks and the quirkiness.
The 3-Wheeler has marginally more “interior” than an Ariel Atom, but what’s there is more than up to the task, as long as you aren’t too portly. The seats are snug and the pedal box is on the small side, with the bare minimum of switches and dials on the dashboard. The steering wheel is removable to aid access (and improve security).
The few details you will find, though, are just beautiful; the starter button, the leather seats and the dials are of the highest quality and suit the character of the car perfectly. You can even specify heating for the seats as a £217 option, which may be useful if you’re brave enough to take it out during the winter.
The Morgan drives like nothing else on the road, as you might expect with something short of the usual four wheels. The unassisted steering is brilliantly weighted, and as you load up the skinny front tyres you are rewarded with superb feel and feedback.
The ride is more than acceptable, though one tester points out that the central rear wheel may hit bumps that you’ve deliberately tried to avoid with the fronts! There are no driver aids, so those heroic three-wheel drifts are available on-demand.
What seems like a modest 80hp at first turns out to be more than enough when you realise that the 3 Wheeler only weighs 525 kilos. There’s performance aplenty – think 60mph in about six seconds and a top speed of 115mph. This is all aided by an excellent five speed gearbox lifted from a Mazda MX-5, which has an excellent shift action.
At around £30,000 for a car with no roof, windows, heater and little room for luggage it’s not what you might traditionally call “good value”. However, it’ll get you more respect than any Ferrari and you’ll feel like a World War II fighter pilot, so what does value matter?
The range of options is wonderful – bullet holes, pin-up girls and shark’s teeth are all available as graphics for the side of the car, as is a full RAF livery. As you can tell, this is a car intended solely for pleasure, and if you’re lucky enough to buy one, the world is your oyster as far as personalisation is concerned.
For added peace of mind, Morgan even offer a 30-month, 30,000-mile warranty, so you could almost justify it as a sensible purchase!
The only things on the market that come close to the 3 Wheeler for sheer driving enjoyment are the Caterham 7 and the Ariel Atom, but even those fantastic machines lack the immense charm and unique feel that the Morgan has by the bucket load.
The 3-Wheeler is a fabulous device, by all accounts. It’s utterly crazy but exists for little other reason than to make you smile, the importance of which cannot be understated.