2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited Edition Superdry

The Morgan Motor Company

The Morgan Motor Company was established in Britain in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. The company built it’s early reputation with their three wheeled vehicles.  Morgan began his career as a railway apprentice, but in 1906, and with the encouragement of his clergyman father, opened a garage in Malvern Link.

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2013 Morgan 3 Wheel Superdry

After three years Morgan designed a lightweight chassis for a three wheeled vehicle that would employ an air cooled vee-twin engine. A tiller was used for steering.

Morgan built this first car in 1909 with the help of engineering master, William Stephenson-Peach. This new small vehicle with two wheels in the front and one in the rear could be called a car or it could be called a motorcycle. In essence it was a hybrid. Because of it’s extremely light framework the vehicle took on it’s reputation for speed.

For well over 100 years the Morgan Motor Company has been building fascinating sports cars in the English spa town of Malvern. Morgan cars gained international fame for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.

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The 2013 Morgan Superdry cockpit

The Early Morgan Cycle Cars

The vehicle described above was called a “Cyclecar” which was a motorcycle engine and a two speed transmission put on a lightweight chassis. Morgan came out with this small vehicle many years before the craze hit it’s peak in the early 1920′s.

The first Morgan three wheelers allowed people with modest means to purchase a motorized vehicle. In a way it was a vehicle for the masses in Britain the same as what Henry Ford accomplished in the U.S. with the Model T. The Morgan Cyclecars were considered the best engineered and most successful of all Cyclecars of the era. By 1915, just six years after the first one was built, the Morgan Cyclecar won many auto competition awards including over twenty gold medals. An interesting side note is that after World War One Morgan was one of the first manufacturers to resume full production mainly due to the simplicity of the car’s design.

The New Morgan 3 Wheelers

In April 2012, the new Morgan 3 Wheeler was show cased at the New York International Auto Show by Manhattan Motorsports. Morgan had not been present at this large American car show for ten years. The car shown there was the first US specification Morgan 3 Wheeler in the USA. The Morgan 3 Wheeler was ultimately voted one of the “Hottest Cars Of The Show”. Nonetheless, some would ask the question…Is it a car, is it a motorcycle or is it a trike?

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A rear view of the 2013 Morgan Three Wheeler

In May 2012, Manhattan Motorsports took delivery of Charles Morgan’s Superdry Edition Morgan 3 Wheeler and prepared it for its first major American test. This 3 wheeler was driven across the U.S., all the way from New York to Los Angeles by Charles Morgan and his wife. This unique promotional drive covered 3000 miles. Keep in mind that this type of road trip across America meant that the Morgans faced heat, sunburn, cold, wet weather, constant vibration, wind, and a fairly cramped space.

An interesting side note is that Morgan produced 3 Wheelers exclusively since their inception until 1952. The company’s first four wheel vehicle was the 1936 Morgan 4/4 Series I.

The Superdry Edition

What is the Morgan 3-wheeler Superdry Edition?

Clothing brand Superdry and heritage car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company have joined together to create 200 of these exclusive edition sports car which is a modern take on the traditional style.

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The S&S twin vee two cylinder engine

The Superdry and Morgan project is one of a kind . These two iconic British brands joining forces brings together Morgan’s excellent engineering along with Superdry’s skilled design. The end result was the Morgan three-wheeler – Superdry Edition! The Morgan fits perfectly with the “Race Retro” aspect of many Superdry designs.

Visit the Morgan Museum and Factory

A visitor center and museum feature exhibits about the company’s history from Edwardian times until the present day, developments in automobile technology, and a display of automobiles. There are also guided tours of the factory. During your factory guided tour see skilled craftsmen at work as they hand make the Morgan automobiles. Morgan boasts that traditional car manufacturing combined with exciting cutting edge technology creates a tour like no other!

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The Morgan Aero Eight

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Front view of the 2013 Morgan 3-Wheeler

2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler Specifications

The Morgan Company have reinintroduced the 3 wheeler model shown in this article. It is powered by a 2 litre S&S Vee twin engine. It’s a two cylinder vehicle and the engine delivers 80 HP. The car’s torque peaks at 3,250 RPM.

Ventilated disc brakes to the front, independent front wishbone suspension.

The tires are 19 inch and 3.5 inches wide. Exhaust pipes run along the sides of the car. If the engines been running and you’re stepping in or out of the car one needs to make certain not to get burned on the hot exhaust pipe.

The Morgan 3 Wheeler is built with safety in mind with reinforced tubular chassis and twin roll bars for the driver and passenger.

The modern version of the Morgan 3 Wheeler has been offered for sale at asking prices of $40,000 plus.

(Article and photos copyright 2014 AutoMuseumOnline)

 

1965 427 Cubic Inch Shelby Ford GT 40

The first Ford GT came out in the summer of 1963. Ultimate success for the Ford GT program, and it proved very successful, would involve the racing car expertise of internationally known Texan Carroll Shelby.

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1965 GT 40 427 cubic inch

Carroll Shelby and the AC Cobra

Ford turned the program over to Carroll Shelby, who was achieving international success with his Cobra sports cars.

Carroll Shelby was noted for his work on the AC chassis he imported from England which was married with a Ford V-8. This was quite an undertaking. To accommodate the big block Ford V-8 several alterations had to be made to the AC chassis. This included a larger tube frame and five inches added to the width. Flared fenders were also added to accommodate the larger wheels.

Carroll Shelby had a strong working relationship with the Ford Motor Company. This relationship had Shelby installing a Ford V-8 in the Cobra. The first Cobra in 1962 had a Ford 260 horsepower engine inside a 2,100 pound sports car. This combination made for a powerful little car.

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Shelby GT 40

The Origins of the Ford GT

The 1965 Ford GT-40 weighed 2,600 lbs and could be considered a road rocket.

The beginnings of the GT program were said to have been the idea of Henry Ford II after his failed bid to buy Ferrari. Ford really desired a car that could compete at races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ford’s Lee Iococca also wanted race car wins for the company. As a result Ford teamed with Lola who were already utilizing Ford engines. The result was a fiberglass body car forty and a half inches inches tall that could do 200 MPH. The car’s height gave the vehicle the GT-40 designation. A good many parts of the subsequent design were taken from the Lola Mk VI GT.

It was an innovative and impressive racing sports car but proved unreliable in competition. Three GT 40 cars with 289 cid engines had run the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, but none finished. Something had to change.

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65 Shelby GT 40

Enter Carroll Shelby

Ford Motor Company of course was quite familiar with what Carroll Shelby achieved with his AC Cobra. As a result, Ford turned it’s GT program over to Carroll Shelby who was achieving international success with his AC Cobra sports cars.

Carroll Shelby’s first and major change to the 1965 GT 40 Mark I racing version was to replace the 289 cubic inch engine with a 427 cubic inch V-8 delivering 500 horsepower.  These cars were MK II’s. The 427 is the vehicle featured in this article.

Carroll Shelby was particularly interested to see how his four Ford GT Cobras would fare in 1965 on the track at Daytona. Shelby well understood that a good showing by the sleek, shark-like Ford GT was crucial to ensuring its further development. Fortunately this car gave Ford a coveted win at Daytona in the first race of the very next year.

Competition Successes for the Ford GT-40

The GT40 won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years from 1966 through 1969.  The car during this period was driven by some notable race drivers such as A.J. Foyt,  Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, and Jacky Ickx. The wins during these latter years of the 1960′s made the GT40 the first four-time winner in Le Mans history. The Ford GT40 created a major legacy and its importance to American automotive history is well understood. Following the 1969 model year, the GT project was stopped and GT40 production totaled just 107 cars.

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The 1968 396 Cubic Inch Chevy Camaro

The Shelby AC Cobra

Photos and history regarding Carroll Shelby and the Ford GT 40 program can be found in… Shelby GT40: Shelby American Original Archives 1964-1967 Including GT40, Mk. II, Mk. IV, and More by author Dave Friedman.

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Ford GT 40

1965 Ford GT 40 Specifications

The 1965 Ford GT 40 Mark I was built in a street and racing version. The street version came with a 289 cubic inch V-8 delivering 335 horsepower. The GT 40 North American racing version came with a 289 cubic inch V-8 delivering 385 horsepower. As far as 0-60 speed goes, the racing version claimed 3.7 seconds and the street version 5.1 seconds.

As mentioned above, Carroll Shelby put in a 427 cubic inch engine producing 500 horsepower on his converted 1965 GT 40 Mark I. These cars could do 210 MPH. 

Transmissions were four speed manuals. Shelby’s had five speed manuals.

Both the Ford GT 40 street and racing versions had identical dimensions. Both had a 95.0 inch wheelbase, an overall length of 165.0 inches, a width of 70.0 inches and a height of 40.5 inches. The GT 40 race car version weight came in at 2,400 lbs.

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Front hood of the GT 40

Ford Shelby GT 40 Collector Cars

The Ford GT 40 had such popularity among collectors that many replicas have been produced over the decades. That being said, there’s obviously quite a bit of difference between values of the real thing and the replica models. This is the same for Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra sports cars.

The Shelby GT-40 replicas will likely have price tags over $100,000. Authentic Ford GT-40′s have sold for over $1 million. One at $1.5 million. A 1968 Shelby Ford GT 40 sold for $11 million at auction.  A 1965 Shelby GT 40 Daytona went up to $6.8 million at an auction but stalled short of the reserve price.

(Article and photos copyright 2014 AutoMuseumOnline)