50,000 drivers reveal Britain's most satisfying new cars to own
The best: Morgan Three-Wheeler
Three-wheelers: a brilliant idea, or simply one wheel short of a full footprint? We've gathered together what we think are the 10 best three-wheelers the world has ever seen. To balance things out, we've also voted for our 10 worst three-wheelers: machines that basically look and behave like cars with one wheel that's fallen off.
No question, Morgan is the daddy and granddaddy of all three-wheelers. Its simplicity has never been bettered. Morgan's first made trikes way back in 1910 and carried on until 1953. Now it's returned with a superb 21st century reinterpretation, complete with modern V-twin engine and Mazda gearbox. Biggles is back, proving that three wheels is all you really need.
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I disagree about Reliant's Robin as they are perfectly safe. I have two Reliant Rialtos (has the author ever heard of them ?!?!? I think not !) and they drive just like any other car. As for "stability", both of my VW Beetles and my hightop VW wedge campervan like to try and swap lanes on windy dual carraigeways/motorways where as both of my Rialtos do not. They definitely do not have the tendency to roll over, let's put it that way.
I do agree with the interior being snug, but I have no problems with that. I have to bend my left leg over due to the engine access panel but other than that I find them very comfortable. In fact they're more comfortable than my VW 1600i (mexican) Beetle.
They are however fairly noisy, but I don't find it too intrusive. They are quieter than for example the dangerously unstable, extremely noisy and very slow Daihatsu 1.0 litre HiJet van. I very nearly rolled a brand new Daihatsu HiJet van when I drove it around a very slight bend at about 15 mph.
The Reliant 3 wheelers are significantly more economical to run too and I use my Reliant Rialto 2 estate as an every day car. I can very happily drive my Rialto 2 on the M25 without any problems at all.
I think the author needs to do a bit more research (as in drive them) before posting faction.
In the docklands of 1960s east London, a pal had a red Morgan 3-wheeler with a Matchless engine up front.
He looked the part too...with a flying helmet and goggles. What a hoot! The yobs on the Isle of Dogs could
only scratch their heads as we roared by on what was virtually a circuit from West India Dock Road to the
Blackwall Tunnel and Poplar then....no chance to throw anything before we were gone in a cloud of fumes!!
I remember on one occasion we drove up West and were at traffic lights in Trafalgar Square when we were
held there by a Yank who wanted to admire our transport...but then came plenty of impatient tooting and we had to leave him waving us away. Those were the days!
Mr. Jogga Singh Teidy says...
You can't beat the C5 for a fun keep fit ride, developing mine to be main transport for all year round.
A Link below to London St.Pauls in a C5
Was this at gunpoint, or just a spot of mild torture?
In the same situation as the Czechs I guess our intrepid reporter would have been delighted to own any old car, even the Velorex .
Try to be a little more charitable, it's both free and painless.
The Blue Flame had four wheels, not three. The front two were close together.
Also, the British Thrust 2, driven by Richard Noble, became the fastest car on earth in 1982 with 633mph in the flying mile. The car also bettered Gary Gabelich's flying kilometre speed, although not by the 1% required to ratify a new record.
So until Thrust SSC went supersonic, the Blue Flame was really only the second fastest, except that it still officially held the kilometre record.
Others have commented on the obvious omissions of the Berkeley and Isetta, but the Skipper also deserves a mention because it's designed to carry a wheelchair-bound driver.
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