The 1935 Morgan – see it at Engineering Materials Live

HFS Morgan exhibited two of his single seater, three-wheel ‘Runabouts’, at the Olympia Show in 1910.However, it quickly became apparent that a two-seater version would have much more appeal so he returned in 1911 with the new car. This proved so popular that it attracted many more orders than expected, and so Morgan approached a number of manufacturers to build his car for him. He was turned down in every case and thus expanded his own garage to accommodate the increased demand. By 1918 he had moved to a new building in Malvern, which is still the site of the factory which bears his name today.

The initial design of strong, lightweight tubular frame, independent front suspension, a front mounted engine from a selection of manufacturers (including MAG, JAP, Anzani, Matchless and Ford amongst others), proved so successful that it remained unchanged until the end of three-wheeler production in 1952. The three-wheel car also had the advantage of attracting the lower motorcycle tax. This Super Sports model is a fine example, with its lowered frame and Matchless V-twin engine making it capable of speeds around 80mph.This is one of the last examples of the distinctive ‘beetle back’ bodied cars (which were replaced by ‘barrel back’ models in 1935), and may be seen – amongst many more UK motoring icons - at the forthcoming Engineering Materials Live event on March 12th.

Pre-register as an Engineering Materials Live visitor and receive a free British Motor Museum pass (worth £14.95) to see this E-type and almost 300 other fascinating vehicles from the UK’s automotive past whilst you are on site. Pre-registered visitors also benefit from abundant free parking right outside the show, a free bacon roll and brew for those arriving before 1030, and free tea and coffee on site all day.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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