Morgan has done it again. The iconic British marque has released the third generation of its iconic 3-Wheeler model, which can trace its history back to the 1930s!
Words: Wilhelm Lutjeharms
Now called the Super 3, it is clear that the designer and the company have achieved a truly remarkable, modern interpretation of this classic.
There are a number of interesting factors about this new car. Firstly, it is based on the company’s new three-part, bonded aluminium structure, which makes it the first Morgan offered with a monocoque platform. Secondly, it is the first completely new car from the company since the Aero 8 from 2000.
Thirdly, one of the most noticeable changes is the fact that the engine is not completely open and as visible as before, but is now partly hidden behind the bodywork. It is mounted behind the front axle, which vastly improves weight distribution compared with the previous two generations.
Instead of the previous 2.0-litre engine, power now comes from a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Ford engine. Power has climbed by more than 40% to 87kW at 6 500rpm, while 150Nm of torque is delivered at 4 500rpm. It is slightly heavier than the previous generation, but is still a true lightweight at 635kg. Top speed is said to be 209kph and the dash to 100 kph will take around 7 seconds. Torque is sent to the rear wheel via a five-speed gearbox, the same unit as before and shared with the Mazda MX-5.
If you wondered what the exterior side blades are for, these are to assist with air flow through the radiators. However, Morgan has engineered these ‘blades to also act as an accessory in terms of luggage options. These ‘blades can also be painted in the body colour, or any other colour, for that matter.
As this is a permanently open car, the cabin and all the controls are said to be dust and water proof "to an extent". In true Morgan tradition there are rounded dials, but for the first time these are digital.
Customers can even choose from four different seat materials. These range from vinyl, water-resistant leather, saddle leather and a technical fabric that combines a high level of water resistance, UV resistance and ease of maintenance.
There is a reach- and rake-adjustable steering wheel and even a discreet lockable compartment under the seat. It seems like Morgan has really paid close attention to the details.
Morgan states that this is its most configurable model to date as there is a long list of options (more than 200 items) for the owner to choose from. These include, to name a few, luggage racks, graphics packs, aluminium hard-shell panniers, Beeline Navigation and Malle London luggage and adventure accessories.
Morgan 3-Wheelers in South Africa
Gareth Crossley from Cape Town-based classic car motoring specialists Crossley & Webb confirmed that there are around five pre-war Morgan 3-Wheelers in South Africa. One of them is currently offered for sale. It is a 1934 Aero Superspots model and although the price is indicated as POA (price on application), he informed us that the guide price is around R750 000.
Of the more recent second-generation 3-Wheelers (produced between 2011 and 2021), there are four in South Africa. Again, pricing for these is fairly similar with the values starting from R600 000 upwards.
While it is true that this is a car that will only be loved by a small group of enthusiasts, it is nevertheless an important car. It doesn’t happen often that an icon of the 1930s can still be reimagined in 2022.
In Morgan’s press release it states that “Super 3 is focused on offering a unique motoring experience within which driver engagement and the pursuit of adventure is encouraged.” That sums it up!
The first deliveries will start in June of this year and it is priced (in the UK) from £41 995 (R860 000, excluding import taxes and transport).