Morgan Motor Company is a special automaker, one of our favorites, if we’re being honest. The company doesn’t do mass production; it builds cars with souls, wood and the leftover sweat of men from the 1920s. And even though some of the time you’re by the side of the road with a wrench in one hand and a leaky oil filter in the other, you’ll still be smiling like a complete and utter buffoon.
Recently, Morgan unveiled the absolutely divine Morgan EV3, a fully-electric version of its much-beloved 3-Wheeler. Instead of the glorious S&S V-Twin powering the single rear-wheel, the EV3 is powered by twin battery packs, one 20-kWh the other 46-kWh, which together allow for about 150 miles per charge. The EV3 ensures that cars with soul and character will be retained even after the internal combustion engine finally goes the way of Jenny McCarthy’s film career. However, the company’s latest creations are anything but futuristic. In fact, we’d say they’re downright Mad Maxian, even if they’re still in just the rendering phase.
As with all Morgans, the MOGrod is particularly badass. According to the company, the MOGrod name denotes the company’s new line of special project hotrods that customers have commissioned Morgan to build. The first is this absolutely brilliant variation of a hardtop Morgan Plus 8. In the style of ‘40s hotrods, the car has been chopped and channeled, and has had its bonnet, as the English would say, partially removed to showcase the awesome work Morgan’s doing with the engine. It is still obviously a Morgan, what with those beautiful spoked wheels and the ridiculous paint schemes. However, nothing is as cool as Morgan’s other MOGrod.
We mentioned earlier that the 3-Wheeler is perhaps Morgan’s quintessential car. It’s what people most associate with the brand, and as such, deserves an extra special hot-rodded version to give it the justice it so rightly deserves. What Morgan has done is take the already ludicrous 3-Wheeler, brought the S&S V-Twin inside the car’s frame, and gave it a fourth wheel. A4-Wheeler if you will. Ready to take on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, this belly-tank-esque hotrod is unequivocally gorgeous.
Belly tank racers were hugely popular after WWII when the government had a massive surplus of military equipment just lying around, collecting dust. So, to make a few bucks off all that equipment, the government sold a ton of it, some of which were the belly tank fuel pods for aircraft. Bored mechanics baking in the desert sun saw these unused tanks, cut some holes into them and stuck and engine in the front. Thus, the belly tank lakesters were born. And that’s exactly the aesthetic Morgan has achieved with this awesome rendering.
Morgan has stated that the company has already begun accepting orders of the two new special edition MOGrods, and those with previous Morgan ownership will be given priority over those who would buy these as their first Morgan. The company will offer a host of options including WWII fighter paint schemes like the 3-Wheeler with both cars and the cars will likely be shown in the flesh at next year’s Geneva auto show.
Morgan has yet to release pricing on either, but figure it will likely cost exactly three shillings, a small human sacrifice, and a copy of Taylor Swift’s album, 1989. Why, we have no idea. Maybe the Morgan engineers love to rock out to Shake It Off? I mean, who doesn’t? We’re doing it right now.
And if you still haven’t figured out that this is a load of Taylor Swift’s cat’s poo, then we’d suggest you call up Morgan and beg them to actually build these ridiculous machines. April Fools. Now, back to listening to Taylor Swift, “because the haters gonna hate, hate, hate.”