Friday, March 14, 2014

Mail Order Morgan

Morgan Three-Wheeler
Photo courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer
Those of us in North America who would love to own a Morgan Three-Wheeler no longer have to go to the UK to acquire one. Thanks to Hammacher Schlemmer, it’s possible to get an authentic Morgan here. It can be ordered in eight different colours and two different leather styles. The price is $59,000 (I’m assuming that doesn’t include shipping as that would vary depending on where you lived) and it’s listed as “Canada Duty Free.” The cars are built to order by the Morgan Motor Company and shipped over. So if you’re looking for a cool cross between a car and a motorcycle, with a vintage look, check it out. British racing green for me, I think.

Here’s a description from the catalogue, for those unfamiliar with the Morgan: “This rear-wheel drive vehicle seats its driver and passenger within an aerodynamic aluminum ‘bullet’ hull and a padded leather aircraft-style cockpit. Powered by a 2.0 liter, 80-hp S&S V-twin engine that provides 4 1/2-second 0-60 mph acceleration and a top speed of 115 mph, it provides superior track and hill performance with the classic growl of a bygone era without the temperamental performance of cars from the period. Unlike vehicles that mollycoddle drivers with power steering or automatic transmission, this one provides yesteryear's thrilling experience of applying effort when gripping the leather-clad wheel or engaging the manual brakes. Its 5-speed manual transmission provides reliable downshifting and its rugged front tires grip the road for precise cornering. Meeting U.S. motortricycle classification, its 94" wheel base results in little to no body roll during turns - rollbars and seat belts provide additional safety measures.”


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