Iconic British companies launch hand-built, human-powered two-wheelers
Morgan Motor Company, at 109 the world’s oldest privately owned automobile manufacturer, and Pashley Cycles, founded in 1926 and thus the longest established of British bicycle producers, are launching a line of bicycles, which they introduced this past weekend at “Thrill at the Hill,” a Morgan owners gathering in England.
The bicycles were jointly developed by Pashley and the Morgan design staff, the companies said, and will be hand built at Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon facility.
“With centuries of combined heritage, craftsmanship and passion for their product, Pashley and Morgan are two ‘like-minded’ brands just waiting for the perfect opportunity to collaborate,” the companies said in their news release.
At first, two models will be offered, the Pashley-Morgan 3 and the Pashley-Morgan 8.
“The bicycles have a stylish hand-crafted frame which features a new curved top tube design,” according to the news release. “It is fillet brazed using Reynolds 631 tubing and incorporates a custom formed top tube, frame mounted race plate, distinctive S-bend seat stays and unique track ends with etched stainless faces.”
The Pashley Morgan 8 is finished in a light pearl-gray color with “subtle livery” inspired by Morgan’s racing heritage. Speaking of heritage, the mud and chain guards are made at Morgan’s Malvern Link factory from black ash. However, the bike also feature modern Shimano Nexus hubs. The 8 will retail for £1595 ($2,040).
The Pashley Morgan 3 is finished in British Racing Green and again with livery inspired by Morgan racing history. Hubs are by Sturmey Archer and the guards have walnut laminated wood veneer. Retail price is £1495 ($1,910).
“People often refer to Pashley as ‘the Morgan of the bicycle world’ and so I am delighted that there is now a close collaboration between our two companies,” Pashley Cycles’ managing director Adrian Williams is quoted in the news release.
“Pashley and Morgan share many similarities including our unrivaled heritage, design innovation and British craftsmanship and this is evidenced in the beautiful bicycles we have produced. These bicycles will appeal to Morgan car owners and discerning cyclists alike.”
For more information, visit the Morgan website.