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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 GBP ...
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. Three owners recall 1936 Morgan reg. COJ 561, 1959-onwards.

Dave Trutzenbach 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

Three more photos of the same Morgan.

A short while after tipping Dave off about the two colour photos of his old car, shown further down, he sent over the following three images. They were taken on the same day as the first pair he sent over, circa 1959. The first is a side-on view of the venerable Morgan. As in the first of his photos, the dual horn arrangements of his car can clearly be seen.
Side view of the Morgan
This rear three-quarter view illustrates the tapering body of the Morgan well. Driver and passenger alike had to mind the hot exhausts, while entering and exiting the machine.
Rear view
Last, but not least, a head-on view of the pre-war Morgan. Thanks for digging these out and sending them over Dave.
Front view

Further photos of COJ 561, c1962.

One of the more enjoyable aspects of running an old-car site like OCC, is adding interest to old photos that feature on it. This may be in the form of people's memories of owning similar cars, or wanting such cars when they were still relatively commonplace, or in rare instances recognising the vehicles portrayed in the photo(s). An example of the latter situation occurred recently, with regard to Dave's 1936 Morgan. In December 2014, Chris Newton got in touch having discovered the photos of COJ 561 shown above. He bought the exact same car from Dave, in 1962. He was kind enough to scan a couple of slides of the car after he bought it, and email them over for inclusion here. Of his time with the Morgan, he recalls the following:
"I bought it off Dave Trutzenbach in 1962 for 85 GBP. It was in a pretty sorry state and was emblazoned with the name 'Mrs Frequently'. My father and I completely rebuilt all the body woodwork using ash and oak, fixed up the steel body and painted it a wonderful red. We re-furbed the engine, and the car looked an absolute picture! I was a member of the Morgan Drivers' club and frequently went to meets at the Ace Cafe on the North Circular road. I kept the car for two years and then sold it for the princely sum of 120 GBP. I have attached the only two pictures I have (not very good quality, but better than none at all)."
Thanks so much for sending them over, I've forwarded the photos to Dave in case he's not seen them before. I wonder what became of this car?
Accompanying the Morgan in the first photo are examples of Austin A40 Mk2, and Standard 8 saloon.
The same Morgan in the early 1960s
The front suspension and engine

COJ 561, in 1964.

In July 2015, the next instalment in COJ 561's story arrived in my inbox, thanks to a colour photo sent over by Alistair Roach. It turns out that he bought the car from Chris (above) in 1964, as he now recounts:
"It was great to see the pictures of COJ561 on your web site - it takes me back 50 years! It must have been me that bought the car from Chris Newton all those years ago as I certainly acquired her in 1964 - please see attachment. I kept her for a year or so until one winter I left her outside without antifreeze (she had a water-cooled Matchless engine) and the rest, as they say, is history. Not having the wherewithal to do the repairs, I put her in for part-exchange with a garage in Wembley against an old Morgan 4/4 - because of the damaged engine I think I only got about 40 pounds for her! I hope she's now someone else's pride and joy as she was mine, half a century ago."
It's great to hear from you Alistair, and update the page with your memories of this car. I'll let Dave and Chris know of this update, I'm sure that they'll be interested to read more about the car they both once owned. The question is - what happened to COJ after Alistair part-ex'd it against the Morgan 4/4?
The Matchless Morgan in 1964

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, as is a four-seat Morgan "Family" model.
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