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Morgan Sports and Super Sports

When most people talk about Morgan three-wheelers, they have a Super Sports in mind. Yet, in its own day it was the top model of the Morgan range and not the best selling one, as not everybody could afford it.
A lovely looking Sports 2-seater on the slope near the Aero Shop at The Factory
The Super Sports was in fact the successor to the Aero model. In 1927 the Super Sports Aero (or Super Aero in brief) was introduced. It was derived from racing cars and in fact intended for competition. Contrary to the "sweeping tail" Aero models, the Super Sports Aero came with a beetle back rear end. It was fitted with a JAP engine. The dimensions had changed drastically, as it was 2 1/2inch lower and 6 inch wider than an Aero!

It cost GBP 155 at a time when the Aero cost GBP 119 and the cheapest model, the Standard, was available for GBP 85. The Aero production continued until 1932, after which it was replaced entirely by the Super Sports.

In 1931 a new model was added to the range: the Sports Family. Like the Super Sports, this used the "M-type chassis" and it came equipped with a JAP engine of 1096cc capacity. It was a 4-seater model for the families who wanted to be carried in relatively cheap but sporting fashion. The GBP 4 per year tax rule was still valid in those days.

The early Super Sports are the most desired ones nowadays, with the "beetle back" tail, such as the green one in the picture below.

By far the smoothest lines were those of the early 1930s, which did not feature a spare wheel yet.

After the Dunlop Magna wheels were introduced, a spare was placed on top of the rear deck, for eas
A 1933 Super Sports with Magna detachable wheels and a spare wheel on top of the rear panel, during the Centenary at Cheltenham. Picture by Bob Burrowsy access!


This was not the ideal solution either, Instead, Morgan opted for the "barrelback" rear end, in which the spare wheel formed an integral part of the body.


That was done at about the same time that the JAP engines were replaced by the Matchless engines up front.

Many people love the look of these, as they have an M on the rocker covers. As such it looks as if it's a "Morgan" engine. Yet, Morgan has never made an engine of its own. It always relied on external suppliers.

Particularly of the Super Sports, many examples you see on the road nowadays started life as a Family model, or one of the other types.

So, if you are looking to buy an ORIGINAL example of the Super Sports, do beware!

On the barrelback the spare wheel was hidden neatly. Instead of the spare wheel on top of the rear panel, a luggage rack could now be fitted. Immedialtely behind it is a Family model. Picture: Douglas Hallawell



AUS 971, shown below left, broke its front mainshaft in the 1958 Malvern Rally. Kelly Acock of Bowman and Acock, the then Malvern Morgan agents went to the garage and got one off the shelf for the repair.




The Annual General Meeting of the Morgan Three Wheeler Club is always a nice spot to see a good selection of trikes, like these two barrelback cars. The Red Super Sports is a real eye catcher