Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jay Leno's 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time imagining what it would be like to own various cars -- and what it would be like to drive them.
That's one of the things that sets Jay Leno apart from you and me. He doesn't have to imagine. He owns them, and he drives them. And, luckily for us, he likes to share his love of cars through his website
A favorite is his 1932 Morgan.
Ken Gross, Contributing Editor to Edmunds described the Morgan:
"For cash-strapped working-class British families, a Morgan was an affordable step up from a motorcycle and sidecar. Enthusiasts realized the Super Sports roadster, with its lusty 42.5-horsepower JAP (John A. Prestwich) or Matchless V-twin, was as quick as an MG Midget."
"Starting a Morgan trike is a lot like getting ready for a dawn mission in a WWI fighter plane. Valve lifter up, fuel on, tickle those twin floats, switch on, contact (don't forget to retard the spark), a swift upward pull on the crank handle and the big twin bursts into life with a distinctive plonkaplonkaplonk. You vault into the cockpit, over the twin chromed exhausts, turn off the choke, tug up on the throttle (all controls are on a steering wheel quadrant that turns with the wheel!) and accelerate bravely away."

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