There aren’t many car makers around the world who have been in business for 100 years, and even fewer that have remained in the same family for all that time. But Morgan, that maker of anachronistic 1930s-style cars, is not only still going strong, it is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2009, and is now the only remaining British-owned car maker in existence (aside from the ‘Garden-Shed’ makers).
The anniversary is an excuse for a whole raft of events, including a gala dinner, factory tours and a track day at Castle Combe , plus a weekend celebration at Cheltenham Racecourse in August.
But the launch of a new model? Why didn’t we know about this before?
Well, it’s a pedal car. But what a pedal car! This is the stuff little boy’s dreams are made of (or at least they were when I was a little boy!). A real Morgan, just junior sized.
The Morgan blurb says:
In 1909, HFS Morgan designed and built his first iconic Morgan 3 wheeler. To recognise this achievement 100 years later, the Morgan factory is proud to announce a limited run of 500 Centenary pedal cars.
Built alongside its bigger brothers at the Morgan factory, this 2/3 scale masterpiece shares the same quality materials throughout, is crafted from light weight aluminium, and features an imitation cast V-twin engine, tubular chassis and hand formed louvres.
Suitable for 6 – 13 year olds, this authentic and lifelike 3 speed crank pedal car is similar to a recumbent bicycle, and should offer exciting performance with low effort. With working lights and hand stitched adjustable seating, the Supersport Jnr. will not only deliver hours of enjoyment for the younger members of the family, but become a collectors item in years to come.
I’m probably too big to fit, but I’d love one!