<B>1937 Morgan Super Sports</B><BR />Chassis no. D1731<BR />Engine no. MX/2654
Lot 271¤
Offered from the Alexis 'Lex' du Pont Collection
1937 Morgan Super Sports
Chassis no. D1731
Engine no. MX/2654
Sold for US$ 88,000 inc. premium

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Offered from the Alexis 'Lex' du Pont Collection
1937 Morgan Super Sports
Chassis no. D1731
Engine no. MX/2654
990cc V-Twin Air cooled, Matchless Engine
39hp at 4,800rpm
Amal Side Draft Carburetor
3-Speed Transmission
Sliding Pillar Front Suspension Swing Axle Rear

*Highly original example with du Pont ownership for more than 60 years
*One of the best specification and years for a Morgan Three-Wheeler
*Powerful and durable Matchless MX-2 engine
*Seldom seen on the American market


THE MORGAN THREE-WHEELER

Its superior power-to-weight ratio enabled H.F.S. Morgan's humble, three-wheeled cyclecar to outperform
many a larger engined four-wheeler, and its maker was not slow to capitalize on his creation's competition
potential. A Gold Medal in the 1911 London-Exeter-London Reliability Trial with Morgan himself
driving was followed by victory in the inaugural cycle car race at Brooklands the following year, Harry Martin taking the checkered flag three minutes ahead of the field. Racetrack successes led directly to road-going spin-off in the form of the Grand Prix model, introduced for 1914. The first Aero sports model, inspired by the Grand Prix, followed immediately after WWI. Subsequent technological developments included the fitting of front brakes (operated by hand lever) from 1924 and the adoption of a new chassis – the M-type – on the new Super Sports model in 1928. This new chassis was some 2½" lower than its predecessor and undoubtedly helped Morgans trounce the opposition at the New Cycle car Club's meeting at Brooklands later that year.

Competition from small sports cars forced the adoption of a conventional three-speeds-and-reverse
gearbox in 1931, the last two-speed model leaving the factory within a couple of years. A more refined
version – the F4, with 8hp Ford Model Y four-cylinder power unit – appeared soon after, later forming
the basis of the first four-wheeled Morgan. From the mid-1930s onwards, Morgan three-wheelers, like
George Brough's superlative motorcycles, were fitted with Matchless V-twin engines in preference to
those from JAP, and for the three-wheeler enthusiast for whom high performance remained top priority,
the Matchless-powered Super Sports was the model of choice.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Representing the 1930s Morgan three-wheeler in its ultimate specification, powered by the air-cooled,
overhead-valve, MX-2 Matchless engine, this 'matching numbers' Super Sports was purchased by Lex
du Pont in 1953 while visiting England.

Lex had a particular fascination with Morgan both through his love of motorcycles but also through his father's connection to Morgan. E. Paul du Pont had met H.F.S Morgan and acquired a three-wheeler at the time he was toying with the idea of Indian Motorcycle producing their own version for the American market. E. Paul's Morgan slipped out of the family collection, so Lex's purchase was all the more meaningful.

After acquiring the Morgan, Lex and Anne travelled the countryside in their new acquisition. Surviving today in highly original condition, the car has changed little since Lex bought the car over 60 years ago. The Morgan is reported to have been running recently, and has always been kept in top mechanical condition thanks to Lex's engineering skills.

Seldom found on the American market, this is a lovely original example of the ultimate Morgan Super Sports. To find one this correct and original is a very rare occurrence.

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