Many of you have already noticed, but the Morgan Motor Company has made it official, they’re going to be manufacturing a new three wheeler, styled after their originals. As noted here previously, the new Morgan will be a modified version of the ACE Cycle Car, built by Pete Larsen of Seattle. Morgan bought the rights to Larsen’s design and then re-engineered it to make it more production friendly and as close to the historical Morgan as possible. The body will be aluminum, the interior is leather and the occupants will be protected with two roll bars.
Although some speculated the engine would change from the Harley V-Twin used in the ACE to something like the JAP, it turns out the Milwaukee power plant will remain, mated to a Mazda five speed transmission, including reverse. The 1800cc engine delivers 100 horsepower to the rear wheel for a top speed of 115mph and a 0-60 of 4.5 seconds.
We’ve been saying very little except to alert you to the changes over at Pete’s site but news kept leaking and after it was official, Morgan got 1000 inquires in one day and dealers are already rushing to place orders and create waiting lists, all from some computer renderings and a spec sheet! I said before, I thought the ACE was the best and closest replica of the original and it looks like Morgan agreed. Pete Larsen should be proud that his design was the spark, along with some help from Andrew English over in the U.K., that made Morgan decide to go back to its roots and produce this retro model with modern engineering. Nice work!