2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler review

* Morgan 3 Wheeler driven * On sale now * Priced from 30,270...

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What Car? Staff
24 May 2012 15:27 | Last updated: 12 Oct 2018 12:43

The Morgan 3 Wheeler as the name suggests has one fewer wheel than most cars, but it also misses out on a roof, doors, and a useable windscreen. There's no bonnet, either the two-cylinder air-cooled engine is mounted on the nose.

Whats the 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler like to drive?
In a word; fun! The simplicity of the 3 Wheeler is its greatest asset, because it means you feel everything that's going on.

Despite the car's relatively modest 82bhp, it is easy to spin the driven rear wheel. However, this doesn't make the 3 Wheeler an intimidating car to drive, because it's just as easy to catch and control slides.

The rumble from the engine and a snappy five-speed gearbox that's lifted from the Mazda MX-5 add to the fun.

What's more, the 3 Wheeler feels much faster than it actually is. The low-slung, exposed driving position means that even at 30mph you feel like you're approaching the sound barrier.

It's primitive, but the Morgan 3 Wheeler is all about fun

Glasses (or Biggles-like goggles to go with the bullet-hole decals) are a necessity, while something to stop flies getting caught in your teeth while you're grinning is also worth considering.

Whats the 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler like inside?
The lack of doors means you clamber rather than step into the cabin.

You sit close to your passenger, but, as long as one of you isnt particularly broad shouldered, there's enough room for two.

The cabin is cramped and not at all practical - but you'll be left grinning

There's limited space in the footwell, however, leaving nowhere to rest your left foot when it's not on the clutch. Then again, no one is going to buy this car for motorway cruising.

There's next to no space for luggage, apart from the passenger footwell and a tiny cubbyhole behind the cabin.

Safety is the biggest concern, though; the engine effectively doubles as the front bumper, while the roll bars are purely for show and to help you get in and out.

The 3 Wheeler's 30k price makes it an expensive toy

Should I buy one?
The Morgan 3 Wheeler's limitations and 30k starting price mean it's not for everyone. However, there are many weekend toys that are more expensive, and few will leave you grinning quite so enthusiastically.

Its primitive, but it's just so much fun.

Ariel Atom
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