A couple of years ago I pointed out the ACE Cycle Car, a Morgan styled 3 wheeler powered by a Harley Davidson V-Twin. It's been a little while since I checked out the Ace website and Pete Larsen, the builder of this very sweet little machine, dropped me a line to let me know he's been busy and the site is all new. It certainly is! Loads of new photos of the ACE, in the original red and now, also in white.
There have been several builders who have designed and built 3 wheelers in the Morgan tradition, but, from what I've seen so far, the ACE captures the essence of the original the best. The quality looks first rate, too.
The ACE is built on a TIG welded tube frame, with rack and pinion steering and powered by either a Harley-Davidson 88" or 103" Twin Cam B V-Twin. The transmission is a 5 speed with reverse. It has a 94 inch wheelbase, room for 2 in the 38 inch wide cockpit, a 10 gallon fuel tank and the whole machine weighs in at 950 pounds. Top speed with the 103 inch engine is 120 mph.
For those of you bitten by the urge to buy an old British car, like I was, some years ago, this gives you all of the panache with none of the headache, the modern V-Twin power and up to date electrical system give you reliability and performance while looking as though you've resurrected the old Morgan found sitting in your Aunt Mildred's garage after she passed on. The cool factor is definitely off the charts.
Pete says he'll soon have 5 of these on the road and he'll build one for you, too, with prices starting at $48,000. And please, before someone jumps in and complains about the price, this is not something you buy instead of a Ford Taurus, this is a weekend machine for that select group looking for a car that will get more attention than a new ZR1 Corvette. With the handcrafted quality, low production and really good looks, one of these might not be a bad investment, either.
Of course as Pete points out, there's an immediate payoff, like the attractive 30 something woman who suggested "that should be good for a few dates." Hey, can't hurt.
So before you start looking for some rusty hunk of old British iron to restore, take a look at The ACE, then turn up your mustache into handlebars and throw a silk scarf over your shoulder, ... but I'm just not sure if I could get used to drinking warm beer.
Link: Liberty Motors
Jay Leno put up a video of his real Morgan 3 wheeler. Pretty cool as a comparison to the ACE. Thanks for the tip, Ryan!