1933 Morgan 3-Wheeled “Family”

Last updated on May 19, 2024

Today‚Äôs Motorcycle is a 1933 Morgan 3-Wheeled “Family” owned by Ray Shenusay. I photographed this three wheeler at the Queens English an All British car meet with an Auto Jumble held at Woodley Park, Van Nuys, CA. The car is finished in red with a black interior. It is powered by a 27.5 hp, Matchless MX 990cc WC, SV, 500 V Twin side-valve water cooled engine and is mated to a 3-speed and reverse manual gearbox. The WC, SV engine was exclusive to Morgans. Slowing this baby down are drums at all three wheels, the front of which have been converted to hydraulic. Suspension consists of pillar-mounted sliding axles, coil springs, and shocks up front and a swingarm mounted with 1/4 elliptical leaf springs at the rear.

The Morgan Motor Company founded in 1909 has been manufacturing British vehicles in Malvern, UK, for more than 115 years. Morgan began life building front engined three wheeler cars, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear. They built and sold 3- wheelers in the UK to take advantage of a loophole in tax laws which classify vehicles with three wheels as motorcycles, avoiding paying the British road tax. The production of 3 wheelers ceasing in 1952 due to a decline in buyer demand. The announcement of a new model in 2011 came as a great delight to many enthusiasts and purists alike. Morgan released the totally new Super 3 on February 24th, 2022, which is available in Europe and the United States.

This is a fun and charming Morgan that really caught my eye. It is sure to get plenty of attention where ever it goes. What a great motorcycle to take to British car and motorcycle shows, Cars and Coffee events or just a cruising to the beach on surface streets and at surface street speeds only of coarse! Thank you for riding a long. Frank

The dummy radiator grill is unique to the Family model.
The three-spoke steering wheel has hand controls for spark advance, choke, and throttle while the two foot pedals operate the brakes and clutch.
The two tanks fitted under the bonnet are one for petrol and one for oil.