No OBD-II: 1929 Morgan Super Sports Aero “Two-Speeder”

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This 1929 Morgan Super Sports (chassis 13525) wears especially desirable “Aero” or “beetleback” bodywork after which the company’s modern three-wheelers are modeled. Extensively restored 10 years ago, sale includes what the seller refers to as “binders of history, blueprints, build pictures, invoices, and manufacturing of replacement parts.” Condition looks quite good, and though with less than half the power and forward gears of “modern” Morgan three-wheelers, we bet it’s just as much fun to drive. Find it here on eBay in Ames, Iowa with reserve not met.

Says the seller: “The engine number identifies it as made in 1927, and the chassis number indicates 1929. However, no records exist, as they were recycled during WW2 as wastepaper according to the MTWC (Morgan Three Wheeler Club) historian. The car was rebuilt along with my other Morgan Sports. Thus both engines were done, then both chassis, then body frames followed by metal skinning and interiors. This chassis was completely re-tubed, nothing except the lugs from the original chassis was worth saving.”

One of the Brooklands screens is cracked, and the speedometer drive isn’t hooked up. From the ad: “Electrics are 12 volt. Dashboard oil pumps are presently only for show, as there is a Pilgrim Pump on the engine. They could be used if you wished.The previous owner made the pumps from drawings and castings from the MTWC. I promised not to distribute the drawings at the time.”

Again, the seller: “Car has a J.A.P. (JA Prestwich Industries) LTOW engine which was rated at 40 HP. This Morgan is what is referred to as a ‘two-speeder’ with ‘beetleback’ bodywork which is arguably the most desirable configuration of Morgan three-wheelers. The ‘two-speeder’ has two forward gears and no reverse gear.”

They continue: “Originally these cars were started by inserting a handle in the side of the transmission. The dynamo was replaced by a Delco-Remy starter/generator and regulator unit from a tractor. This works OK.” Though it sounds like starting could stand to be improved, cranking it over by hand would only add to the experience of driving something so antiquated and wonderfully weird. We wanna drive it to Cars & Coffee, though it’d probably get old telling everyone “nope, no Miata gearbox in this one.”

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