16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 83

1930 Morgan Three-Wheeler
Restored to flat-sided Aero specification

Sold for £36,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BF 7889
Chassis No: 2452B
MOT: Exempt

  • Beautifully presented Morgan to 'Flat-Sided Aero' specification
  • Subject to an extensive two-year restoration
  • It has the benefit of one of the most desirable JAP engines, the JTOR 998cc Vee Twin
  • All the engine work was carried out by Harper Engineering on a 'no expense spared' basis
  • The body has been coach painted (10+coats) to a high standard
  • Ran extremely well during the photography session and sounded fantastic!
  • Morgan records show that the Three-Wheeler was first registered as a Family model
  • A great opportunity to own a fast vintage Morgan
  • Included in the sale is a bespoke trailer adapted for Morgans
  • Current V5c on file and various paperwork and a set of crankcases and spare heads

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). Gracing the pages of a marque brochure for the first time during 1920 (but available a couple of seasons before then), the Aero soon became a favourite among sporting motorists. With its stark yet sleek bodywork, impressive power to weight ratio and nimble handling, the two-seater was capable of embarrassing far more expensive machinery. Initially propelled by a 980cc JAP V-twin sidevalve engine allied to two-speed manual transmission, the model continued to evolve until production ceased in 1933.

Reportedly beginning life as a more pedestrian Family model, chassis 2452B was restored to ‘Flat-Sided Aero’ specification during an extensive, two-year long restoration. Fitted with a highly desirable JAP JTOR 998cc V-Twin engine that is said to have been overhauled by Harper Engineering on a ‘no expense spared’ basis, the Morgan was apparently coach painted with ten plus coats. Running extremely well during our recent photography session and sounding fantastic, ‘BF 7889’ represents a great opportunity to acquire a fast and well-sorted Vintage Three-Wheeler. Offered for sale with a bespoke trailer, V5C Registration Document, spare cylinder heads / crankcases and assorted paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
07718 584217


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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

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Tuesday 15th March 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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