Morgan Sports three-wheeled cyclecar, 1913.
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This is reputed to be the oldest known example of this car in existence. These three-wheeled motor cars were built between 1910 and 1936 by the Morgan Motor Company of Malvern, England. It has a tubular chasis with the engine in the front driving the single rear wheel via a two-speed gear and chains and sprockets. The car is powered by an air-cooled, side-valve V-twin JAP engine using a motorcycle control system and ancilliary equipment. The cars offered economy coupled with impresive performance. The 10 hp engine and two-speed gearbox allowed a top speed of 70 mph, and 40 mph was attainable even on steep hills, making these three-wheelers popular and succesful in trials competitions in Britain and Europe.