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#1 mab01uk

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Posted 17 May 2020 - 09:53 AM

"In a parallel universe, it’s May 1973 and British Leyland has proudly introduced the new Austin Allegro three- and five-door. It’s an exciting new small family car, which is being marketed as ‘the new driving force from Austin,’ and continues the theme of ‘all the fives’ first kicked off with the Maxi, and expected to become standard across the entire Austin range. Unlike the frumpy Maxi, which suffered from a slow start that it failed to recover from, the all-Leyland-developed Allegro is looking to set a new standard in the family car market with its fifth door, wide range of engines and five-speed gearboxes. This truly is a car to beat the Europeans and Japanese at their own game.
Work started on the ADO67 programme in 1968, and just over four years later its latest product has gone on sale to replace what was – until recently – Britain’s bestselling car, the BMC 1100/1300. It’s big news for British Leyland, but in the interests of being a forward-looking high-tech carmaker, every innovation in BL’s armoury has been thrown at it. Originally, the plan had been to scale up BMC’s successful small family car, from its transmission-in-sump powertrains, via its fluid suspension, right down to its small bootlid and two-box shape.
After all, how could the ADO67 not succeed when it was continuing the theme laid down by its big-selling predecessor?"

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Edited by mab01uk, 17 May 2020 - 09:53 AM.


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 05:58 PM

Austin all aggro 😂

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:33 PM

It really was a pile of junk.

I recall driving a demonstrator when it was first introduced; horrible then and still horrible. And as for the square steering wheel.....!!!



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:46 PM

From what I recall reading, the initial designs were quite good-looking and advanced for the early 70s, with a low rakish stance. But then there was massive infighting in the various departments, the rubbish engines were too tall for the new body which required a redesign of just about everything, stuffy management types not wanting any new-fangled stuff and we ended up with the abomination that was supposed to be a world-beater. 

 

Typical BMC/BLMC/British Leymand/Austin-Rover etc. Great ideas ruined by sh*t management interference, bean-counters and political idiocy. Not to mention a workforce that couldn't be bothered to put things together properly. It needed a hatch, better body design, decent engines, and MUCH better quality. An own-goal by BL and a pile of 70s derision.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 11:35 PM

i am still looking for an A series powered estate (very unlikely) as long as the body above the sills is ok and the floor will hold it in place so it can be braced. needs to go racing.



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 08:13 AM

I had a 1.3 A series Allegro back in the day... picked it up for buttons, and it wasnt a bad car at all as I recall..when it fell apart and wasnt economical to weld it up the lump came out and went in a mini.. of course you do have to remember back in the 80s I could pick up an MOT'd and taxed  mini 850 for about £60 if it had a few issues



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 03:35 PM

V6 Allegro should be fun!

https://youtu.be/TmUYcgLdho4

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 03:37 PM

V6 Allegro should be fun!

https://youtu.be/TmUYcgLdho4

seen the SS find video?

https://youtu.be/4zu_Dkw7JQg

 



#9 Mini Manannán

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 03:41 PM

 

V6 Allegro should be fun!

https://youtu.be/TmUYcgLdho4

seen the SS find video?

https://youtu.be/4zu_Dkw7JQg

 

 

I have Nick, that's a beauty.  if you can call an All-agro a beauty :-)



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 07:09 PM

Thames TV's 'Drive in' takes a look at the new Austin Allegro Vanden Plas and the factory where it gets its plush finishing touches.
First shown: 16/09/1974:-

 






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