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#539435 - 27/10/18 04:15 PM Greetings from the colonies...
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Hello all fellow M3W lovers...

Have gone ahead and just spec'd out and ordered my M3W... thrilled to get her. Went ahead and requested a proper classic spec, black with green quilted leather, Brooklands wheel, vintage bonnet catches, chrome pack, vinyl tonneau, Union Jack badges, full windscreen, etc.

Should be built the 7th week of the new year in February. Have almost thought of looking into factory collection though don't need to spend any more on this unnecessary (but sure to be extremely fun!) toy...

Not my first sports car rodeo as I have owned many pieces of English iron over the years... several MG's and Triumphs, Healey 3000 (big), and still have my E-Type... the Morgan will be in stable with good company.

Any required reading/materials while I wait out the next few months for my beauty to be constructed???

From the colonies,
Royal Lichter
Chicago IL

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#539436 - 27/10/18 04:19 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
pandy Offline

Talk Morgan Guru

Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 7178
Loc: West Paris, France
Welcome Royal, and congratulations.

Peter Dron's Book - "The Morgan 3 wheeler, back to the future" would be a good place to start.
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#539444 - 27/10/18 04:57 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
+8Rich Offline

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Registered: 15/12/09
Posts: 19478
Loc: Devonshire

Welcome Royal a lovely classic colour scheme there, wishing you many happy miles when you take delivery wherever that might be.

This is the sort of fun these boys and girls get up to thumbs.
http://www.talkmorgan.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/533289/1
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#539449 - 27/10/18 05:19 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Brum Rum Offline

Talk Morgan Regular

Registered: 14/05/13
Posts: 984
Loc: Leicester
Dribble, dribble!

Have fun.

Andy
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Red Classic Mini Cooper Sport
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#539478 - 27/10/18 08:06 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Taffmog Offline
Talk Morgan Enthusiast

Registered: 22/09/10
Posts: 1541
Loc: Wales
Enjoy RL, hope you get many miles of smiles, I love mine.....

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#539491 - 27/10/18 09:10 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
truckin-on Offline
Learner Plates Off!

Registered: 03/06/16
Posts: 349
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Hi Royal, welcome to the eclectic group of M3W enthusiasts!

On your comment "...looking into factory collection", I think this would be amusing (best case) and incredibly frustrating (likely case) to actually arrange. Unless you happen to live near Malvern, or can travel with no advanced notice, predicting the week or month, perhaps even the year, that your car will be completed is just flat impossible. I suspect they may be able to notify you when it's done, but expecting Morgan to be able to predict it - in advance - is folly I believe.

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#539495 - 27/10/18 10:15 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: truckin-on]
PaulR Offline
Just Getting Started

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 74
Loc: Nr Haverhill UK
Hi and Welcome
The reality should be better than that..
Your dealer will be told when your body is about to go on the built up chassis so if you wish you can visit the factory and see your car whilst getting a free factory tour plus chat to the builder who might be persuaded to apply his signature.
not so easy if you are a few thousand miles away though!
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2016 M3W

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#539496 - 27/10/18 10:31 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Joejoe Offline
L - Learner Plates On

Registered: 01/07/16
Posts: 158
Loc: Near Chicago, USA
Welcome. I am a fellow Chicago-area owner. Dealing with Norb, I presume? Let me know if I can be a resource at all, and in case you were not aware, there is a Windy City Morgan club.

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#539501 - 27/10/18 10:54 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Draggin Offline

Talk Morgan Expert

Registered: 13/07/15
Posts: 2500
Loc: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Norb is my go-to for all Morgan parts! I agree that factory collection is a pipe dream for anybody from the states because of the delays. Check when my car was done! I have my own dedicated thread! some folks were saying that it was completed and that I needed to make my final payment while actually it was still a separate Body and Frame waiting to be Assembled. But to be fair I have to take my fair share of the blame for the delays, my car was the first production one with the new windshield and with the new dashboard , and the new Bonnet catches and the optional rear fender. Some of those things were prototyped on my car for production. If you do go, stay at the Wyche Inn!


Edited by Draggin (27/10/18 10:57 PM)
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#539552 - 28/10/18 02:56 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
britmog Offline
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Registered: 13/12/17
Posts: 175
Loc: Colorado, USA
Make sure you get to know Keith at Norb's, he is a life saver with all my Mogs.
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1964 4/4 Series V Comp (Megan)
1994 +8 (Maurice)
2013 M3W (Olga)

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#545878 - 01/12/18 09:44 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Thanks all for the very warm welcome. Forgot my password and just now figured out how to reset it.

Very excited for my car, can't believe I ordered it on the 28th of August and already it's the 1st of Dec. Hopefully not too many delays, but I requested a week 7 build week, so even if it's two months still way ahead of summer here in Chicago (and the added extra time to ease my wallet is nice, too!).

Have been reading the parts manual quite a bit and watching endless youtube videos to tide me over in the mean time! (and maybe an occasional ride in my E-Type!!).

Cheers,
Royal

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#545880 - 01/12/18 09:49 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
OZ 4/4 Offline

Talk Morgan Expert

Registered: 25/11/11
Posts: 2558
Loc: Australia - NSW Mid North Coas...
Welcome from Sydney, Australia
Good luck with your new M3W...
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#545884 - 01/12/18 10:02 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Mark H Offline

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Registered: 05/01/14
Posts: 1392
Loc: Berkshire, England
Welcome into the madhouse Royal

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#545913 - 02/12/18 03:33 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Piloto Offline
Just Getting Started

Registered: 17/11/12
Posts: 89
Loc: West Texas/Southern NM
Please inform me who Norb is and how I can contact him, or them for parts.
Thank you

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#545917 - 02/12/18 07:45 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
atalante83 Offline

Talk Morgan Enthusiast

Registered: 05/08/12
Posts: 1509
Welcome royal from st Tropez

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#545935 - 02/12/18 09:28 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
pandy Offline

Talk Morgan Guru

Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 7178
Loc: West Paris, France
Originally Posted By Royal Lichter
Thanks all for the very warm welcome. Forgot my password and just now figured out how to reset it.

Very excited for my car, can't believe I ordered it on the 28th of August and already it's the 1st of Dec. Hopefully not too many delays, but I requested a week 7 build week, so even if it's two months still way ahead of summer here in Chicago (and the added extra time to ease my wallet is nice, too!).

Have been reading the parts manual quite a bit and watching endless youtube videos to tide me over in the mean time! (and maybe an occasional ride in my E-Type!!).

Cheers,
Royal


Greetings and welcome from Paris. How very exciting.

Maybe you should consider asking for the order to be pushed back to week 14. If the UK ends up doing a no deal Brexit, you'll most probably get an extra 25% off thanks to a plummeting exchange rate..... hide


Edited by pandy (02/12/18 09:29 AM)
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#546007 - 02/12/18 03:53 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Piloto]
britmog Offline
L - Learner Plates On

Registered: 13/12/17
Posts: 175
Loc: Colorado, USA
Piloto:

Norb Bries is the Chicago Morgan Dealer at Northshore Sports Cars, Lake Bluff, IL. www.northshoresportscars.com

Norb is a great gentleman and Keith his mechanic is one of the most reliable and knowledgeable Morgan experts in the country.
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Bruce Marshall
1964 4/4 Series V Comp (Megan)
1994 +8 (Maurice)
2013 M3W (Olga)

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#546335 - 04/12/18 03:59 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: pandy]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Originally Posted By pandy
Originally Posted By Royal Lichter
Thanks all for the very warm welcome. Forgot my password and just now figured out how to reset it.

Very excited for my car, can't believe I ordered it on the 28th of August and already it's the 1st of Dec. Hopefully not too many delays, but I requested a week 7 build week, so even if it's two months still way ahead of summer here in Chicago (and the added extra time to ease my wallet is nice, too!).

Have been reading the parts manual quite a bit and watching endless youtube videos to tide me over in the mean time! (and maybe an occasional ride in my E-Type!!).

Cheers,
Royal


Greetings and welcome from Paris. How very exciting.

Maybe you should consider asking for the order to be pushed back to week 14. If the UK ends up doing a no deal Brexit, you'll most probably get an extra 25% off thanks to a plummeting exchange rate..... hide


Fascinating post. It's an exciting time to be ordering a Morgan and the markets might already be working to my favor.

Terms of business at least with my dealer are as follows. A small non-refundable deposit required to place the orer. Then, 'approximate' (pro-forma) price is determined as of date of order. Based off of the options I picked and a $1.30 exchange rate the day I ordered, the approx total for my M3W came out to about $55,7k USD.

I won't know the 'real' price until body is built at which time the price is calculated off of that day's exchange rate. I suspect GBP will continue to be volatile.

Undoubtedly Brexit is working to any Morgan buyer's advantage already but sounds like the end of March could give an even better discount. I might already be pushed into that build week territory if there are delays.

Perhaps it is in fact worth a quick chat with my dealer to push it back a bit. Hard to predict what kind of savings I'll really enjoy but worth a conversation I think.

Thanks for your help everyone!

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#546341 - 04/12/18 04:15 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
pandy Offline

Talk Morgan Guru

Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 7178
Loc: West Paris, France
.....don't blame me if that doesn't happen (say there isn't a no-deal Brexit for example).

Remember; the pound can go down as well as belly-up.
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#546405 - 04/12/18 06:31 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: pandy]
planenut Offline

Talk Morgan Regular

Registered: 29/06/12
Posts: 974
Loc: United Kingdom, Lincolnshire

Pandy, can we keep this forum a Brexit free zone please? thumbs

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#546412 - 04/12/18 07:04 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: planenut]
pandy Offline

Talk Morgan Guru

Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 7178
Loc: West Paris, France
Yes, sorry about that. Couldn't resist. quiet


Edited by pandy (04/12/18 07:05 PM)
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#546471 - 05/12/18 08:19 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
TimG Offline
Has a lot to Say!

Registered: 01/11/13
Posts: 1378
Loc: Aberdeenshire
Morgan buys the engines from USA so fall in the pound would affect the factory gate price. No doubt a lot of the other materials & parts are imported.

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#546565 - 05/12/18 04:47 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
britmog Offline
L - Learner Plates On

Registered: 13/12/17
Posts: 175
Loc: Colorado, USA
MMC bought 45 new motors from S&S back in July, I know because I got the 46th direct from Wisconsin. I believe that was to fulfill orders for the next 12 months.
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1964 4/4 Series V Comp (Megan)
1994 +8 (Maurice)
2013 M3W (Olga)

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#554357 - 17/01/19 05:08 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Well I've just been informed my build specs are locked and I'm assigned a 'Week 8' build slot - only one week back from 7 which was my initial pick. In good shape so far and real excited to see it come together and get it...

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#554454 - 18/01/19 03:13 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
ShaunD Offline
Learner Plates Off!

Registered: 31/01/17
Posts: 464
Loc: Oxford
👍

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#554455 - 18/01/19 06:20 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
M3W55 Online   content
L - Learner Plates On

Registered: 19/07/18
Posts: 184
You should have it in time for Spring. Enjoy.

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#554541 - 18/01/19 03:42 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
AZJowett Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 30/03/15
Posts: 24
Loc: Arizona USA
I ordered my new custom M3W from Pete Larsen and had it within 3 months. Seems production goes in waves. Happy to drive it for Christmas!
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#554624 - 18/01/19 10:57 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
truckin-on Offline
Learner Plates Off!

Registered: 03/06/16
Posts: 349
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Hope the dates hold for you! For me, it was off about 5 months from the original build slot :-) 9+ months from order to delivery...

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#555019 - 20/01/19 06:02 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Thanks guys! Even if she's delayed a bit more than 1 week (initially I picked week 7) I should still have it for spring. The price has already dropped a little too since I put down a deposit and picked my specs. It's funny to think about currency fluctuations in buying a car. I explained the way it works to a couple of people that enjoy talking cars and I had them chuckling.

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#558283 - 06/02/19 04:44 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
I’ve received notification that my 3 Wheeler has gone into production!

Exciting news!

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#558322 - 06/02/19 06:48 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
ShaunD Offline
Learner Plates Off!

Registered: 31/01/17
Posts: 464
Loc: Oxford
Brilliant. Think they take about two weeks to complete (in theory!).

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#558377 - 07/02/19 01:25 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Sportster Offline
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Registered: 10/02/16
Posts: 244
Loc: Wisconsin
Excellent news Royal!

You’ll have your M3W in plenty of time for the trip up to S&S.
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#560891 - 19/02/19 07:03 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Draggin Offline

Talk Morgan Expert

Registered: 13/07/15
Posts: 2500
Loc: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Mine was delayed from May to October, i wish that upon nobody. Was my own fault. All the heritage options were prototyped on my car.
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2016 M3W John A Prestwich Special

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#560930 - 19/02/19 09:00 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Royal Lichter Offline
New to Talk Morgan

Registered: 11/03/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
Sorry for your delays Draggin! I hear a lot of people had them over the last few years. I guess I got lucky...

I ordered my car August 27th and specifically requested a build week of 7 in 2019. They started building it on February 5th and was finished on the 13th.

If it isn't on a boat heading across the North Atlantic now, it will be soon. I should have it in a few weeks.

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#560948 - 19/02/19 10:29 PM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
ShaunD Offline
Learner Plates Off!

Registered: 31/01/17
Posts: 464
Loc: Oxford
Awesome! 👍

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#560967 - 20/02/19 12:09 AM Re: Greetings from the colonies... [Re: Royal Lichter]
Sportster Offline
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Registered: 10/02/16
Posts: 244
Loc: Wisconsin
Hi Royal,

You probably can’t wait.

Don’t forget to make your reservations in Lake Geneva and La Crosse for the S&S trip.

Looking forward to seeing your M3W!
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