Stunning example mechanically rebuilt from stem to stern; electric
start; lots of history; genuine car still with its original engine; seen at
Montlhery in 2017 and lightly used in the UK and France since
The Morgan 3-wheeler was a common sight on the roads in the 1930s. A step up from the motorcycle and sidecar, its popularity only diminished when the small car, principally the Austin Seven, Morris Minor and Ford became sufficiently cheap thanks to mass production techniques to tempt the public into these more comfortable offerings.
However this popularity continued unabated among the more sporting motorist, as their big twin-cylinder engines provided a performance similar to a motorcycle, ensuring the 3-wheeler had its place as the “sportsman's” choice.
This splendid SuperSport, which retains its original engine, was delivered through Godfreys of Great Portland Street W1 to its first owner and registered on 5th February 1930. Listed in the Morgan factory chassis records, and with a copy of the original registration entry on file, chassis M58 retains its stamped number M58 on the bevel box and as far as we know, the chassis tubes are original and described by the vendor as being sound and in excellent condition.
Retaining its two forward speeds - 'fast and very fast', it first came onto the Morgan 3 Wheeler Club's radar in 1974, soon to be exported to Sweden where it was exhibited in the Motor Museum in Gothenburg. It lived there until 2004 having been featured in Engstorm's book 'Morgan Sports Cars in Sweden'. It changed hands several times while overseas and had several owners in the UK before falling into the vendor's hands in 2015.
Since then, he has lavished a huge amount of attention on it, using Cameron Engineering to recondition the mechanical elements from front to back.
The original 50 degree LTOW engine was checked and reconditioned as necessary. A modern clutch was added to cope with modern traffic and the bevel box rebuilt with a new crownwheel and pinion, bearings, cross-shaft and new dogs.
The rear suspension had new swing arm bushes fitted to each side together with new Hartford shock absorbers. The front wheels and brakes are correct for the 1929/30 model (prettier than the later Magna wheels) and all wheels have been rebuilt - the rear getting a new hub, rear sprocket, rear brake linings, spokes and rim as well as new bearings. The car also has new chains, tyres and tubes.
It has a dynamo in place (which requires a drive belt fitting), an electric starter which makes life nice and easy and the car is on the button and ready to enjoy.
Only for sale due to lack of room in the shed, the vendor enjoyed some mild demonstrations at Montlhery in 2017 and some gentle running-in perambulations around Worcestershire (where else!) and France. He has only covered some 150 miles in total, so it will no doubt respond to some mechanical respect before its available performance is used once again.
The history file includes some nice period adverts, notes and details of the repatriation of its original number JW 547 when it came back to the UK in 2004.
This fine SuperSport completes the box-ticking exercise, being a proper Vintage two-speeder, having been comprehensively and professionally overhauled as well as retaining considerable originality. Ready to go, this is as good as it gets.
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