The ‘modern’ version of the Morgan 3 Wheeler is dead, but the British firm is expected to revive its obscure cult-classic for the electric age.
The quirky but iconic Morgan 3 Wheeler retro sports car is approaching the end of the line in England, having fallen foul to tightening European vehicle emissions regulations.
The company has hinted the model – which has been in production in various guises for an incredible 112 years, since 1909 – could be reinvented with electric power, however such plans are yet to be confirmed.
“The current 3 Wheeler finishes production this year with 33 P101 special editions and a limited run of bespoke models,” a statement from the company said.
Leaving the door open for a revival, a spokesperson said: “The Morgan 3 Wheeler will return” to continue the “legacy of three-wheel Morgan cars that stretch back to our founding year of 1909.”
The current Morgan 3 Wheeler still in production today – unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show – was inspired by the classic Morgan ‘tri-cars’ of the early 20th century (shown below), which were originally designed to bypass British automobile taxes by being classified as a motorcycle.
A front-mounted 2.0-litre ‘V2’ motorcycle engine delivers 84kW to the rear wheel via a five-speed manual transmission, and this allows the tiny 500kg two-seater to launch from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.5 seconds.
A reengineered variant of the same car is rumoured to revive the Morgan 3–Wheeler nameplate for the electric age, however these reports are yet to be substantiated.
A spokesperson for Morgan Cars Australia previously told Drive: “We expect to bring a few cars in this year , but that will be it.” The 3 Wheeler is priced from $115,000 before on-road costs in Australia.