Tri-Star: the Morgan three-wheeler
A classic British sports car plus a venerable American engine minus a wheel equals fun times ahead
Posted: 12 Oct 2011
The Morgan is so exposed, so low and petite, that everyone pulling up alongside is invited directly into your personal space. No tin-box armour in a traffic jam. And that's strangely liberating. People - and I'm using the word in its widest possibly context - love the Three. In darkest Birmingham, a man with a voice like beautiful, dirty treacle introduces himself as Exodus and compliments me on the car. As do several kids wearing trousers belted somewhere south of their actual buttocks, finger-snapping their appreciation and hooting their approval. On the motorway, a brand new, black Audi A8 long-wheelbase slides nonchalantly alongside, the older, regal, bewhiskered chap in the passenger seat considers the 3Wheeler for a moment, languidly pulls the thick log of a Monte Cristo from his mouth, and gently makes an ‘O' with his index and thumb. I bare teeth in a crude approximation of a grin, and... salute. It seems the appropriate thing to do.