10k: Raw Class: Morgan 3-Wheeler replica

For awhile, it seemed that Morgan’s position on the modernity spectrum could only go one way: the wrong way. Then they unveiled the brazenly steampunk 3-Wheeler. Lauded for its stalwart mechanical charm, it unfortunately cost about as much as a Caterham with options. But at 1/4 of the price, this well-built replica is ready for a new dapper gent stuck on a forgotten vehicular formula. And it’s here to replace your penny-farthing for your weekly haberdashery visit. Find this Morgan 3-Wheeler replica for sale in Newbury Park, CA for $10,000 via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

Starting with a 2″ square tube-frame chassis, the seller pieced together the front suspension using Mustang II components, Wilwood brakes and hubs, and hand-welded A-arms (no wood here!). Since the flat-four 1100cc Honda Goldwing engine is a shaft-driven unit, connecting it to its rear wheel tucked under the beetle shell just required a custom-length driveshaft. The rest is aluminum, fiberglass, and pure machismo. The car weighs less than 1,000 pounds.

The carbureted Honda unit is good for 81 horsepower and 64 ft-lb of torque, and is shifted through the stock five-speed transmission via traditional stick shift. Its steering wheel is a wheel. The seats are seats. Really, for only slightly resembling a car, it’s said to drive very much like one. Except the speedometer doesn’t work, you can’t go in reverse, and the turning radius will make big-rig drivers pity you.

In addition to the descriptive posting, the seller included a link to his build page (on a Datsun 510 board, no less), which included a link to a build summary on Build-Threads.com. You could easily lose an afternoon scrolling through engineering solutions involved in hand-building a road-legal vintage motorcycle/car mashup. Or you could watch these videos from the builder’s YouTube channel and start counting your sixpences. 

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.