9-10 October 2014

Offered from the collection of John Moir

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Lot 119

1926 Morgan Aero Three-Wheeler

  • Chassis no. 14423
  • Engine no. 52023

Sold for $55,000

9 bhp, 980 cc MAG water-cooled twin-cylinder engine, two-speed manual transmission with chain drive, sliding-pillar independent front suspension, quarter-elliptic leaf-spring rear suspension, and three-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 84 in.

  • Offered from the collection of John Moir
  • An iconoclastic British sports car
  • Unusual water-cooled MAG engine
  • Spare, elemental, and entertaining

Harry Morgan, known to his friends as “H.F.S.,” built his first three-wheeled automobile in 1909. It had a Peugeot V-twin motorcycle engine and tiller steering, and its two front wheels were independently suspended by vertical coil springs, which was a first for a British car. As the Morgan “trike” evolved over the years, several other V-twin engines were offered and supplied by JAP, Matchless, Blackburne, and Anzani, among others. Morgan three-wheelers competed very successfully all over Europe and became known as a favorite “driver’s car” of sportsmen. They became such an iconic design that today Morgan is once again building a three-wheeler that has modern design and engineering but still has the same abundant soul as its predecessor.

The 1926 Aero model offered is equipped with the most expensive engine offered, a Swiss-built water-cooled MAG twin. As Mr. Moir proudly notes, “These engines were more powerful and more expensive than the British engines usually found on Morgans.” Nonetheless, whether due to cost or patriotic pride, few Aeros were built with MAG engines, and the Moir car is one of very few known to survive. It had been repainted and reupholstered many years ago, but it has mellowed to a wonderfully original appearance throughout, and it even has the “driven” appearance that one seeks in a Morgan three-wheeler. The car is offered with a small file of documentation, which includes a copy of The Book of the Morgan Three-Wheeler.

Spare, elemental, and a lot of fun: there is simply no road car quite like a Morgan “trike.”

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