It’s impossible not to love the Morgan three wheeler’s retro styling, but we can’t help but wonder what a futuristic alternative on the same platform would look like. Now, that’s not really Malvern’s bag, but out in the colonies a small Californian company called SUB3 designed and built three examples of the fantastic G1 you see here.

SUB3 G1 3 wheeler - motorpunk (3)

The basic ingredients are surprisingly similar to the Moggy; Tig welded tubular frame, widespread use of wood, a V twin engine and hilarious driving characteristics. The G1 is packaged differently though. It’s 135BHP Suzuki engine is mounted within the bodywork to give it that futuristic blade shaped front end and it only has one (slightly offset) seat to the Morgan’s two. It has a 6 speed sequential gearbox and chain driven 18” rear wheel. There’s no reverse, so park it on a hill, or push it. It only weighs 330Kg anyway. There’s no kit-car shoddiness, either, look at the build thread on SUB3’s website and you’ll see excellent attention to detail, but – is it just us or are the front tyres on back to front in these pics?

SUB3 G1 3 wheeler - motorpunk (8)

We’re desperate to try one on the road ourselves. Sadly, there’s no reply from SUB3 and their website is long dormant. We understand one of the three examples they built ended up in blighty somewhere. We’d love a futuristic G1 one in the MotorPunk garage alongside a retro Morgan 3 Wheeler. If you know where one is, please drop us a line!

Pics courtesy of SUB3 (please get back to us if you’re reading this, chaps!)

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

5 Responses

  1. Sense

    the front wheels are run in reverse as on morgans because he braking loads are higher than any forward loading.

    • Rich Duisberg
      Rich Duisberg

      Drop us a line please! (Typist (at) motorpunk dot , We’d love to know more.


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