Morgan three-wheeler finally on its way

Quirky retro trike to undergo certification testing for local sales.

Forget Doc Brown's Delorean, this car is about to take us back in time.

It's the Morgan three-wheeler; a quirky retro car-cum-motorbike that has put the boutique British car maker back on the map ever since it was revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

And now the first one is on its way to Australia, as Morgan's local importer prepares for local certification to sell it Down Under.

It is due to arrive here next week in time for its first public display at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, and will then be used to undergo tests and evaluation so it be can be road-registered here.

Morgan spokesman, Chris Van Wyk, says he has already been working with the British factory on local compliance issues and doesn't expect to encounter too many hurdles.

"We've done all the hard work already in the UK," he said.

"Morgan has done a series of crash tests with the three-wheeler that are applicable to the Australian Design Rules, and the car we've got coming here at the moment is built to our understanding of the requirements needed for local compliance."

The three-wheeler is powered a thumping 2.0-litre V-twin engine built by American motorcycle company S&S. Its all-aluminium structure and minimalist body ensures it weighs just 550kg and gives it the potential to rocket from 0-100km/h in 4.5sec and a top speed of around 200km/h.

Even though Morgan only plans to build about 200 three wheelers each year, Van Wyk says the reaction to the quirky car from Australian customers has been overwhelming with more than 300 expressions of interest already.

And although its local certification process may take a few months, during which time there could be unpredictable currency fluctuations or more equipment needed, Van Wyk is hoping the three-wheeler will cost between $60,000 and $70,000 when it goes on sale.