Only last week it seemed the pen-pushers in the Australian Design Rules (ADR) Canberra bureaucracy had done what two World Wars and the might of the German army could not – killed the Morgan three-wheel car.
But we’re pleased to report the Department of Transport has reacted swiftly to the tears of Morgan Cars Australia, Morgan fans and the automotive media by issuing special approval so the three-wheeler can be imported, sold and driven for the foreseeable future.
That’s excellent news for the quirky British classic which dates back to 1910 and among thousands of enthusiasts throughout the world, enjoys the special affection of The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond.
Thankfully the good news doesn’t stop there. Production of other classic Morgans (the 4/4, Plus4 and Roadster) for Australia was due to cease at the historic factory in Malvern, Worcestershire this month, but the ADR compliance issue for those models is currently being reconsidered by the Department and a similar outcome is on the cards.
And, displaying the best British ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, ‘carry-on-regardless’ tradition, Morgan’s luxurious all-new Aero 8 has been imperious to the problems of its brothers, cut-through the red tape, achieved ADR compliance and the first Australian examples will be produced shortly and will arrive locally early next year.