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You'll need to hurry to own the world's most unusual sports car

A special type of car deserves a special type of owner, and there are few cars that can be bought and registered in Australia more distinctive than a Morgan 3-Wheeler.

Hailing back to a design first produced by Morgan in 1909, the modern-day 3-Wheeler recalls the glory days of open-top motoring and even evokes a reminiscence of World War II-era warplanes with its Spitfire-like fuselage.

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However, time is fast running out for the the quirky and quintessentially British quasi-sports car to find similarly quirky new Australian owners.

Changes to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) mean it will no longer be legal to road-register the car after October 2017. Since each one is hand-made to order at the Morgan Motor factory in the UK, that leaves an uncomfortably small window - before December 31, 2016 - to place your order.

Orders placed before the end of the year will be built in May and June, and shipped in time for registration before the October 31 deadline.

The Morgan 3-Wheeler was previously extensively redesigned specifically to meet Australia’s world-leading safety standards; however, recent changes to an even stricter specification have made it impractical for further changes to be engineered.

The company quotes a basic purchase price of $90,000, however, expect this to nudge closer to $98,000 after on-road costs and the luxury car tax are added.

It may have a 2.0-litre V-Twin engine on board driving just 60kW and 140Nm to its single rear wheel, but a kerb weight of 550kg means it will fly to 100km/h in just 6.0 seconds.

And when your backside is just inches off the deck and the wind is roaring through your hair, that can feel much, much faster.

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