- Water-cooled V-twin cylinder, "JAP" (JA Preswick) engine,
996 cc capacity.
- No gearbox, sliding dog rear end, 2 speeds forwards, no reverse.
- These vehicles were extensively raced in the 1920's and 1930's,
often at speeds above 100 mile per hour.
This particular car has an interesting history. It spent its life,
prior to the war, in Malaya. The story goes that when the Japanese
were invading Malaya in 1941, the owner covered the Morgan
with aircraft oil and buried it. It lay hidden until 1945.
We have a copy of the Malaysian Registration papers confirming that
our Morgan Super Aero was owned by Cyril Bunting from 25th August 1966.
At the time his address was Petaling and later Perak in Malaysia.
On 26th December 1976 it was purchased by Woo Kolc Tee and Woo Kolc Wan
(I may have the spelling incorrect as the writing is difficult to read.)
On 30th March 1981 it was purchased by Chang Ham Long & Chong Tham Por.
Chang Ham Long is believed to have raced the car occasionally in the
Malay Grand Prix. These were the last owners of the car in Malaysia as
the next owner advised that he purchased the car from a
Chinese doctor in Malaysia.
Derek de Soto-Phillips purchased the car sight unseen in 1988 after
replying to an advertisement in a car magazine. De Soto-Phillips had
seen this particular car when it was running around in Singai Siput in
the 1950s while he was serving with the British Army in Malaya. When it
arrived at the docks at Fremantle it started and he drove it home, but
because of the Malaysian climate and its inactivity is was a bit of
a wreck. A 15 month restoration then followed.
Soon after, ill health struck him and he was forced to sell the car,
being bought by the late Robert Holmes a Court and placed in his
collection within the Heytesbury Classic Car Collection. After Robert
Holmes a Court passed away his wife, Janet Homes a Court sold off
his collection. This is one of the few vehicles that remained in Australia.
It was purchased by Bruce Butler, a farmer in Bruce Rock, Western
Australia as part of his 3-wheel car collection.
Greg and Christine Stevens purchased the car from him after he owned
it for some 18 months. After extensive work, associated with being stored
in a museum all of that time rather than being driven, the car is now
reliable. Greg loves this car and the challenges it brings. It is a
challenge to drive and maintain.
He often drives this on Car Club events.
In October 2001, soon after purchase, it was shipped to, and driven
at the National Morgan Muster. There were about 160 Morgans there.
The 3-wheeler was driven approximately 400 kilometres with no problems.
In April 2003, it travelled in excess of 1000 kilometres on a 2 week
tour of Tasmania. In May 2009, as part of the Morgan Centenary
celebrations, it attended the 33rd Historic Winton at Winton Motor
Raceway, Benalla, Victoria. In October 2009, it was the only 3-wheeler
at the Australian Morgan Centenary Celebrations in Inverell.
We continue to drive it to local events.