3. Morgan Super 3

The first Morgan 3-Wheeler (as in the 2012 reinvention, rather than the 1909 original) proved to be a surprise hit for the Malvern maker. Around 2,500 left the factory over a ten year production run, which for the nichest of niche manufacturers is as close to mass production as you get.

With its all-new car the brand can expect even greater success as it oozes the same spirit and charm of its predecessor, yet is packaged in a far more versatile and modern package. The unique three-wheel layout remains the same, as do the upturned bathtub looks, but under the skin there’s a stronger monocoque construction, more sophisticated suspension and turbocharged three-cylinder Ford Fiesta engine in place of the throbbing Harley Davidson V-Twin.

Tipping the scales at just 635kg, the 118bhp Morgan is brisk, its performance aided by a snickity five-speed manual sourced from the Mazda MX-5. Yet it’s the way the skinny-tyred machine tackles corners that delivers the real delight, the modest grip levels and well-balanced handling making it huge fun at any speeds.

Yes the lack of weather protection means you need to be committed on longer journeys, while a price the wrong side of £40,000 stretches the definition of ‘affordable’, but when all you want to do is drive on the sort of roads that the most of us use everyday, then few cars will have your heart singing more loudly.

4. Toyota GR86

How do you improve on perfection? If you’re Toyota and you need to replace the already excellent GT86 then you add a bit more power, give the looks and interior a much-needed refresh and, well, that’s it. 

Okay, so there’s rather more to the GR86 than that, but not much. For starters, the newcomer is built on a strengthened version of the old car’s chassis and shell, while under the bonnet there’s now a more muscular flat-floor motor that’s been stretched to 2.5-litres and 231bhp. The suspension and steering are essentially same, while the GT86’s Teflon Michelin Primacys have been swapped for gummier Pilot Sport 4s.

The result is that the car drives in much the same way, with the same beautifully balanced and gloriously adjustable rear-wheel drive attitude that can be exploited at any speed on road or track. Yes, the engorged engine delivers more pace, but not much more and it’s still a little characterless when worked hard. 


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