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