Lot 4011
1998 Moto Guzzi/McArthur Reproduction of a Morgan 3-Wheeler
Lot Details & Additional Photographs

VIN: ZGUKDBKD8WM113458 Mileage: 13,200

The first of three hand built vehicles from the imagination and hands of an accomplished builder, this one-of-a-kind, hand-built replica of a Morgan V-Twin powered Three-Wheeler of the 1930s. Featuring the drivetrain and full wiring harness from a Moto Guzzi 1100EV California motorcycle utilizing the 1064 CC V-Twin engine, transmission, and shaft drive, mated to an Elite Racing Transmissions reversing gearbox. The entire front suspension and steering utilizes Ford Mustang II components, with adjustable springs, and rides on wheels from a 1929 or 1930 model Ford. The rear utilizes the wheel and driveline from the original EV1100, with the addition of adjustable air shocks. Under the bonnet rests the fuel tank from the bike, as well as all of the electronics, braking components, intake, and even a custom toolbox.

The frame was constructed using steel tubing and the body formed from Ash wood sourced locally. All of the aluminum body panels were formed, fitted, and attached in the garage, and the louvres were hand made with a form built by Mr. McArthur. The car was then sent out for professional paint, the seats were covered in a rich leather. The interior fabrication was also done utilizing the existing gauges from the donor bike, and a custom linkage and shifter was made for the transmission. Many household items were used for interior items such as the coffee scoop that was used to house the turn signals, a house doorbell was used for the horn, and a wristwatch was mounted in the dash. Many replacement parts for Morgans were used such as the windscreens, mirrors and lights. The grill was fabricated from a 1930 Ford Model A piece and re-chromed. The rear lid was formed from fiberglass. Aircraft style push pins were used to secure the panels, and the riveting follows a precise pattern. A black tonneau cover is also fitted with a custom support. An authentic registration is displayed in a re-purposed soup can, and the flags of Britain, Italy and the USA fly on both sides to recognize the pedigree of this amazing machine. No details have been overlooked on this machine, or any of his others.

This lot subject to reserve. For this lot, payment accepted only by wire transfer. 15% Buyer's Premium for LLA live-online and absentee bidding. 20% buyer's premium for live internet bidding through Live Auctioneers. For winning bidders in NC, license plate and titling of vehicle will be obtained by Leland Little Auctions NCFL# 7452, provided all applicable fees and taxes are paid.

From the Collection of D. Ray McArthur, Hillsborough, North Carolina

Featured on the Tarheel Traveler of WRAL-TV 5 in 2017 with Scott Mason, and a video was produced as part of the studies of a granddaughter at UNC.

In wonderful original condition; due to the nature of the design of these cars, the passenger compartment is less wide than the drivers.