16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 23

1935 Morgan Super Sports
Beautifully restored example

Sold for £45,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: WS 3892
Chassis No: B1389
MOT: Exempt

  • This charming Morgan Super Sports has received a full restoration to a high standard
  • The restoration was carried out over a two year period with attention to detail
  • All components were reportedly refurbished or replaced where possible
  • The Morgan was discovered in the mid-1980s with a new Beetleback body
  • The engine was completely stripped and overhauled
  • All body panels are steel and coach painted (10+ coats)
  • Finished in British Racing Green with Tan interior and ran very well during the photography session
  • Comes complete with V5C and DVLA paperwork

An ingenious concept, HFS Morgan built his first three-wheeler in 1909. Based around a tubular steel chassis frame, the design's low centre of gravity and advanced 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension endowed it with superlative roadholding. Progressively developed, the single rear-wheel-driven platform played host to a variety of JAP, Matchless, Blackburne, Anzani and Ford powerplants over the years (though, the prototype used a Peugeot unit). Fearsome competition cars, Morgan three wheelers driven by the likes of HFS himself, Clive Lones and Harold Beart acquitted themselves well on race circuits and trial stages alike (Mrs Gwenda Stewart recorded 115.66mph during a record run at Montlhery in 1930). By 1933 Morgan’s three-wheeler chassis could be ordered with four types of body, namely: Super Sports, Sports Two-Seater, Sports Family and Family. The Super Sports was notable for its chromium-plated exhaust pipes that run the length of the body. Interest in Morgans of this period has never waned and, if anything, increased in recent times - the company’s inspired decision to create a modern three-wheeler having brought the early cars to the attention of a new audience. Moreover, anybody who has seen them raced in anger – frequently beating infinitely more powerful four-wheeled Morgans and other marques – is likely to have acquired a firm admiration for the model.

Reportedly discovered in marque enthusiast Bill Jones’s garage during 1984 as a chassis and new ‘Beetleback’ body, ‘WS 3892’ is said to have been subsequently restored over a two-year period with great attention to detail. The Matchless V-Twin engine was thoroughly overhauled, and the steel coachwork apparently treated to over ten coats of British Racing Green paintwork. Sporting a split windscreen, tail-mounted suitcase, Silver-painted wire wheels and Tan upholstery, the diminutive two-seater ran very well during our recent photography session. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and assorted paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
07718 584217


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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