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Homepage. This page: A smart Morgan JAP photographed in the 1960s, and another Morgan purchased in 1959.

Pre-war Morgan 3-wheelers.

Mike, formerly of this Isle but now living in Australia, got in touch and sent in the first of these interesting old photographs. He's owned a few Morgans over the years, so is obviously a fan of Malvern's finest export. The Morgan shown was built around 1930/31, and has a JAP V twin engine for propulsion. Due to their light weight these Morgans have a very respectable turn of speed, and are popular today in VSCC sprints and circuit meetings. The Morgan, which was registered OV 3049, was sold in 1966 for 150 ...
c1930 Morgan sportscar
Happily a quick look online at the DVLA site shows that this car, actually registered as a 1931 example, is still on the road, and still sporting this distinctive number plate (is it me or do re-issued numbers on old cars look terrible? better than a Q plate obviously, but...). The 3 wheel Morgans were designed and built to mainly appeal to motorcyclists who were looking for an affordable alternative to their motorcycle. Being a trike had its advantages, notably that they fell into the same tax bracket as a motorcyclist, so offered some of the comforts of a 'normal' car (albeit little in the way of weatherproofing!) but at a reduced rate. Their lively performance meant that the motorcyclist needn't lose all of the excitement of the open road, something that switching to an Austin 7 might have imposed upon them, at least in standard fettle. A former owner of just such a car sent over his recollections, and they now feature on this page of the Motoring Memories section.

2. Dave's 1936 Morgan.

Dave dropped me a line with the following two photos, although not a JAP-engined Morgan like the example above, this page seemed like a suitable place to add his photos on to. They were taken circa 1959, Dave says it had the Matchless V twin engine, and was built in 1936. It is seen here outside his parents' house, in Welling, Kent. It was registered COJ 561, a Birmingham series first used in September 1936. Thanks for allowing me to show them on the site.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size image.)
Three-wheel Morgan from 1936
The Morgan's V-Twin engine

3. Another Morgan-JAP.

Tom kindly emailed over this next image of a JAP-powered Morgan, One of several photographs given to him 35+ years ago, by the Morgan's owner, it shows the racey three-wheeler with its owner, parked in the corner of a quiet field. The Morgan's registration was OC 8570, a Birmingham series that ran from May 1933 to March 1934 only, suggesting that this car dates to the beginning of 1934. The registration no longer shows up on a search of the DVLA database, so sadly it has probably been scrapped or broken up for parts.
Another Morgan JAP car
An earlier Morgan, possibly a Grand Prix model dating to the mid 1920s, is also featured in the vintage photograph section of the site.
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