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Austin

1100 Automatic, 1967

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Make
Austin
Manufacturer
British Motor Holdings Ltd.
Location Made
Longbridge
Accession Number
1980-1-34
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 1275 cc, 58 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
91 mph (146 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
£672
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3725mm (l), 1534mm (w), 1346mm (h)
Location
Museum

The 1100 model, designed by Alec Issigonis, followed on from the pioneering Mini but was a medium sized family car. Thus, the 1100 had more interior space than similar competitors yet it was shorter and lighter.

The 1100 was the first car to feature Alec Moulton's Hydrolastic suspension and, with styling by Pininfarina, it was available in Morris and Austin versions. Later they were joined by more upmarket MG, Riley, Wolseley and Vanden Plas models.

This 1967 example has a four speed automatic gearbox and, despite the badging, has the 1275cc engine only available later in the year as the Mark II 1300. It was first owned by the personal secretary to BMC boss, Sir Leonard Lord.

Adopt this car for £25

Adopted by:

JOHN TURNBULL Kailofer

Keith Awford