I am a writer currently researching the biography of a remarkable Irish woman as told to me by her surviving family. My question to you is this: according to the family archivist she and her new husband bought a red "Morgan 2" in England during 1915...could anyone tell me what type of car this might have been? Thank you for your time.
HILL, SHEALLY, WORRALL
As a Morgan historian and the author of eleven books on the Morgan Marque, I think I can answer your question. In 1915 Morgan's only made two-seater cars so it is doubtful if it refers to the seating. However, all Morgan of that period were fitted with a 'V' Twin engine. It is therefore likely that the Morgan 2 referred to is in fact a Morgan "Twin", the designation "2" then being a common term used by the Irish of expressing the fact that it was fitted with a two cylinder engine. This is the only possible explanation I can come up with. Best wishes for your research.
John Sheally II
The Morgan 2 was a Trike and assuming the "Morgan 2" was a 1915 slang reference it could mean one of three things:
1. A Morgan TWIN or V=TWIN
2. A Morgan two speed (the early trikes had no reverse or third gear!)
3. A two-seater three wheeler.
"MORGAN 2" refers to 2 SPEED (Which they all were in 1915.)
The car would have possibly looked similar to the later Family Model (Coal
scuttle type front) or even could possibly have been a Grand Prix !! without
more info it is not possible to tell. Houston Bowden book will have pictures
of the models from the period.
For pictures of the possible models specific to the responses, please
go to the
Models Section at Gerhard Kiessling's wonderful Morgan Trike site
by clicking HERE.