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Morgan Super Sports MX2 of 1937 (in burgundy red)
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'Brightona' MC event on Madeira Drive 2015
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Morgan Super Sports MX2 of 1937 (two-tone green)
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Morgan Super Sports MX2 of 1937 (two-tone green)
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MORGAN THREE WHEELERS

MORGAN SUPER SPORTS three wheeler air cooled Matchless V-twin MX2 engine trike of 1937 vintage (one of the best & strongest engines out of the several used by Morgan at the time). Four speed gearbox including reverse. Push-button floor starter and crank handle (in reserve but starts on the button every time). All matching serial numbers checks out with the factory chassis records. Both of them  still retaining there original allocated registration number of 1937. 

Brief history so far.. 

Hello Mr Weiner,

I have searched our records which show that D1745 was originally built as a Super Sports and dispatched from the factory 8th April 1937 to Whant & Son, Eye, Suffolk, England. The car was originally fitted with an overhead valve air-cooled Matchless engine serial number MX2/669, Gearbox number 2483, and Body number 1239.

Best wishes

Martyn Webb

Archivist
Morgan Motor Company

From: GeoffreyGeorge Weiner 
Sent: 07 October 2015 12:58
To: Martyn Webb
Subject: Re: Morgan Super Sports

Many thanks for this. Everything checks out with your records and matches the log book details I have. Conformation. The MTWC Bulletin of November 2015 in 'Group Reports' states "The MX fitted with air cooled barrells went like a train. Contary to what the books say it never overheated even in extremes, unlike the water cooled version which is notorious for boiling all the while it's running!"   

Yours sincerely,

G.G. Weiner

from The Morgan Motor Co. and The MTWC. Purchased by Chris Booth from John Howell (deceased) estate, sold onto David Young who then passed it on to Ian Hatton of Verralls (see below) to sell onto myself.
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This has been fully nut & bolt restored under the supervision of the Morgan restorer, expert & enthusiast Chris Booth (of the Morgan Three Wheeler Museum in Rolvenden, Kent all parts supplied by them). He was also commissioned by the Morgan factory to re-produce the first three wheeler of 1909 vintage for the Centenary of 2009. The (original maroon) factory paint job was re-done in Royal Claret by renown restoration co. D&A Wood Carriages (Duncan & Francis Wood). Original steel body-tub in burgundy maroon with all new quilted leather seats, restored dashboard re-chromed fittings etc. 
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This vehicle has the long tailed Barrelback body with inset spare wheel, chrome luggage rack, chrome winged 'M' radiator mascot and full weather equipment with hood. It even has replacement cocca-nut mats that the factory always used because of muddy shoes in trials & competitions those days!
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A superb driver with an extensive *history file, all the numbered parts and its original first registration of 1937 retained and all provinance checks out with the Morgan factory and the Morgan Three Wheeler Club. 

A fantastic vehicle with impeccable provenance from the two world renown restorers and probably the very best example on offer for sale any where in the world!... A fine blue-chip investment to love & enjoy! 
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*More info required about any historic racing especialy at Brooklands. See the full history file I have built-up for it including a fascinating grand tour of Europe in 1949. Recent filming at Parham Park for the new 'Masterpiece' antiques road show series (to be screened next Spring with Alan Titmarsh), 'The Ace Cafe' run, 'Brightona' MC show and on display at the Bonhams L to B VCC run 2015.
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A similar example:
"Offered from the Alexis 'Lex' du Pont Collection
1937 Morgan Super Sports
Chassis no. D1731
Engine no. MX/2654

990cc V-Twin Air cooled, Matchless Engine 
39hp at 4,800rpm
Amal Side Draft Carburetor
3-Speed Transmission
Sliding Pillar Front Suspension Swing Axle Rear

*Highly original example with du Pont ownership for more than 60 years
*One of the best specification and years for a Morgan Three-Wheeler
*Powerful and durable Matchless MX-2 engine
*Seldom seen on the American market

THE MORGAN THREE-WHEELER

Its superior power-to-weight ratio enabled H.F.S. Morgan's humble, three-wheeled cyclecar to outperform
many a larger engined four-wheeler, and its maker was not slow to capitalize on his creation's competition
potential. A Gold Medal in the 1911 London-Exeter-London Reliability Trial with Morgan himself
driving was followed by victory in the inaugural cycle car race at Brooklands the following year, Harry Martin taking the checkered flag three minutes ahead of the field. Racetrack successes led directly to road-going spin-off in the form of the Grand Prix model, introduced for 1914. The first Aero sports model, inspired by the Grand Prix, followed immediately after WWI. Subsequent technological developments included the fitting of front brakes (operated by hand lever) from 1924 and the adoption of a new chassis – the M-type – on the new Super Sports model in 1928. This new chassis was some 2½" lower than its predecessor and undoubtedly helped Morgans trounce the opposition at the New Cycle car Club's meeting at Brooklands later that year. 

Competition from small sports cars forced the adoption of a conventional three-speeds-and-reverse
gearbox in 1931, the last two-speed model leaving the factory within a couple of years. A more refined
version – the F4, with 8hp Ford Model Y four-cylinder power unit – appeared soon after, later forming
the basis of the first four-wheeled Morgan. From the mid-1930s onwards, Morgan three-wheelers, like
George Brough's superlative motorcycles, were fitted with Matchless V-twin engines in preference to
those from JAP, and for the three-wheeler enthusiast for whom high performance remained top priority,
the Matchless-powered Super Sports was the model of choice. 

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Representing the 1930s Morgan three-wheeler in its ultimate specification, powered by the air-cooled,
overhead-valve, MX-2 Matchless engine, this 'matching numbers' Super Sports was purchased by Lex
du Pont in 1953 while visiting England.

Lex had a particular fascination with Morgan both through his love of motorcycles but also through his father's connection to Morgan. E. Paul du Pont had met H.F.S Morgan and acquired a three-wheeler at the time he was toying with the idea of Indian Motorcycle producing their own version for the American market. E. Paul's Morgan slipped out of the family collection, so Lex's purchase was all the more meaningful.

After acquiring the Morgan, Lex and Anne travelled the countryside in their new acquisition. Surviving today in highly original condition, the car has changed little since Lex bought the car over 60 years ago. The Morgan is reported to have been running recently, and has always been kept in top mechanical condition thanks to Lex's engineering skills.

Seldom found on the American market, this is a lovely original example of the ultimate Morgan Super Sports. To find one this correct and original is a very rare occurrence".

Information courtesy of Bonhams.



 

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