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Whoever said a tricycle is just for small kids? Morgan Motor Company has just announced that its famed three-wheeler will be back for 2011 after a decades-long absence. First produced between 1909 and 1953 with a total of around 30,000 built, the original tripod was not only fast, but it also achieved 50 mpg due to its lightweight, small engine, and low rolling resistance. In 1913, it won the French Grand Prix with an average speed over 100 mph.
Sir Stirling Moss once owned one and said that it was "a great babe magnet." And now, almost 100 years after the original launched, the Morgan Threewheeler is back. It's powered by a Screaming Eagle 1,800cc Harley-Davidson engine, mated to a five-speed manual taken from a Mazda5. 100 hp is delivered to the rear wheel, launching the 1,100-pound aluminum bodied machine from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is estimated to be 115 mph.
Although there's no official pricing yet, buyers will be able to choose from eight different exterior colors, all of which are accented by black components in a matte or gloss finish. The interior can be had in either black or tan leather and features air-craft style aluminum toggle switches.