Both of the Austin cars were offered with either 4-speed manuals or a 3-speed automatic. It was a king sized mini basically: transverse enginebut with super easy to fix “hydrolastic” suspension. It was getting dark, and the several 300zx’s he encountered were popping their headlights up. The Austin 1800 was developed at BMC as a larger follow-up to the successful Mini and Austin 1100 under the ADO17 codename, ADO being an abbreviation for Amalgamated Drawing Office. We don’t have the equipment for that.”, said the emotionless man on the other end. He cleared the yellow at speed and made his left turn though the intersection. Ol’ ADO17 has the distinction of being the last production car Sir Alec Issigonis designed.

The compression ratio was increased and maximum power output boosted by 5 bhp to a claimed 86 bhp.

He kept it going for two years after that, by which time it was a rolling shambles, with rust at every seam, and special three inch ground clearance because it needed new hydrolastic units. Given the internal company designation ADO17 (ADO stands for Austin Drawing office), the 1800 started life as a replacement for the Austin Cambridge/Morris Oxford conventional Farina cars.

The car was built by BLMC (Australia) at its Victoria Park works at Zetland, New South Wales. When BMC/Leyland Australia needed a car to compete with the current (1970) family cars Holden Kingswood, Ford Falcon and Valiant these Morris 1100/1800 morphed into the Austin Tasman/Kimberly range. Please enter 5 or 9 numbers for the ZIP Code. A weird sort of Italian/British hybrid that didn’t make a whole lot of sense…but apparently sold well enough to rationalize its existence. An adequate car.

But in 1963 the B series was stretched to 1.8 litres for the MGB, so Issigonis chose to use it in ADO17.

The car was unconventional in its appearance in 1964, with its large glasshouse and spacious, minimalist interior including leather, wood, and chrome features plus an unusual instrument display with ribbon speedometer and green indicator light on the end of the indicator stalk. The Brits just would not believe my tales of crappo BLMC cars “in the colonies”. (1968) IN GOOD USABLE ORDER. For those that have never seen one, this may seem like hyperbole, but seriously these things had interior space for passengers similar to modern limousines. The Australian Mark II was also originally fitted with an alternator manufactured locally by Electricity Meter & Allied Industries Limited (EMAIL), a company better known for its kilowatt-hour meters and household appliances. The BMC ADO17, popularly known as the Landcrab, sold pretty well in Europe but was nearly unknown in North America. Not pretty even then, sort of “odd”. †Rover, Land Rover, and Triumph were not part of British Motor Holdings but became part of British Leyland in 1968. “Poverty-spec” cars traditionally have a poor survival rate and this Princess 1800 provides a fascinating insight into business mentality of four decades ago when those occupying a lowly rung on the corporate ladder merited neither a clock nor folding armrests. How bizarre, incredible. Rush rush, got the yeyo? As such upon release the car was criticised for an eccentric and awkward driving position, essentially like a bigger Mini. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. I’ll let them know there’s a parts car just 1,000 miles to the south! There was a Wolseley version, tasty in a tarted up, decadent way. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. In 1969, the sills and doors from the 1800 (with Mark II exterior handles) were used on the bodyshell of the otherwise new Austin Maxi; apart from that, both models have little interchangeability. “Where the hell is that coming from?”, Alex wondered. They have an unbelievable ride on their hydrolastic suspension, no need to slow down for speed humps. So you actually mean the BMC AD017, not BMW. That would just cause confusion and problems. He came by his 1978 “Wedge” around two years ago – “I drove it all the way back from Aberdeen to Sussex which was a good 12-hour journey over two days.”. The 1800 had a very long gestation period primarily because it was the car Issigonis first started on when he rejoined BMC. For Torch the main attractions of this fine car were “the rarity of the base model and the combination of almond vinyl seats and the black exterior colour”. There was a chrome "umbrella handle" handbrake under the dashboard parcel shelf, and the two front seats met in the middle and could be used, on occasion, as a bench seat. I have owned the car since 2011, when I purchased and recommissioned it after it had been in a garage for 20 years.

Alex reached down and hit the stop button. Eventually, by 1973, Leyland Australia had modified the L6 engine and extended the stroke of the 2200 motor to 2600 cc for final use in the Leyland P76 and L6 Marina models. In the Australian market, it offered a roomy and advanced 4-cylinder alternative to the popular 6-cylinder models such as the Holden Kingswood, which used conventional engineering based on American principles. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. The black briefcase was loaded with erroneous test papers, and Alex made his way out to the ‘crab in the parking lot. Extremely roomy, like limousines. "Austin 1800" and "Morris 1800" redirect here. [4] At the same time, higher gearing and reduced valve clearances cut the published power output by 2 bhp but cured the "valve-crash" reported by some buyers when approaching top speed on one of Britain's recently constructed motorways. While 1800 versions of the Austin and Morris were continued, the Wolseley 18/85 was dropped. For further information either e-mail me, or visit one of the links below. “Sorry.”, she said, smacking her gum.


Very nice condition inside and out. 1970 Austin 1800 Landcrab MKII . Perhaps not as much interior room as the larger mainstream American tanks of that era, but they were definitely more space efficient than all of them (except maybe the front wheel drive Eldorado!). Not an entirely unattractive car either in my opinion, I’d love to see one restored! [16], The X6 Tasman and Kimberley models were given a model designation code of YDO13 with the Mark II models coded YDO19.[17]. DOES HAVE SOME RIPS AND A PIECE HAS TORE OFF AS PICTURED. Current slide {CURRENT_SLIDE} of {TOTAL_SLIDES}- Save on Vintage Car & Truck Parts, Current slide {CURRENT_SLIDE} of {TOTAL_SLIDES}- You may also like, {"modules":["unloadOptimization","bandwidthDetection"],"unloadOptimization":{"browsers":{"Firefox":true,"Chrome":true}},"bandwidthDetection":{"url":"","maxViews":4,"imgSize":37,"expiry":300000,"timeout":250}}. It was out-of-date compared to almost any modern engine of the mid-sixties, a real chugger. Car was Ziebarted from new and has no rust. The 18/85 name had previously been used on the Wolseley 18/85 of 1938 to 1948. In spite of its lack of style it was popular.

(1968) IN GOOD USABLE ORDER. The model proved a strong competitor in endurance rallying, finishing second in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon and achieving three of the top 20 positions in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally.

Gear cables were revamped to deal with "difficult engagement" of first and third gears in cold weather,[4] and the seat mountings were adapted to increase rake in May 1966. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. Did the British car industry in, that attitude. Mark II versions of both X6 models were introduced in 1971. My mum had one briefly – a red 2.2 6 cylinder but the fuel economy scared her into flogging it before it could fall to bits. In early 1975, all three models were replaced by the wedge-shaped ADO71, or 18–22 series, which bore the Austin and Morris (1800 and 2200) names, while the Wolseley variant had no official model name save for being marketed as "the Wolseley saloon". Alex and the Landcrab bounced to the far side of town.

The Austin had independent suspension all around with Hydrolastic fluid front to rear interconnection, a cable gear shift, a body with rigidity equal to today’s cars, and of course transverse FWD. Coupled with this the road holding advantages of the front wheel drive layout the 1800 was not short of grip.

Austin 1800 2200 Morris Wolseley 18/85 Six Landcrab ADO17 Carpet Set - NEW, Morris 8 Carpet Set - Deep Pile Material, Latex Backed. At this point, six-cylinder versions were introduced – the Austin 2200, Morris 2200 and Wolseley Six. [citation needed]. The car upgraded to a 2.2l straight 6 in east/west configuration. *old*? eBay Product ID (ePID) 2123863629. This featured a cheaper and more conventional interior, revised front grilles and other trim, and for the Austin and Morris models the slim, horizontal rear lights were replaced by vertical "fin" lights which gave a family look along with the smaller ADO16 range. 1974: Optional 4-speed automatic transmission available on 1750 & (from May 1979) 1750 HL. [14] The 1800 Utility was given the model code YDO10.[15]. Alec Issigonis was more concerned with maximising is space saving concept and making a good drivers car than fitting it with niceties and stylish elaborate interiors. Additional badge-engineered Morris 1800 and Wolseley 18/85 variants were launched in 1966 and 1967 respectively, catering for the BMC dealerships selling those marques. He scanned the faces in front of him.

For sale austin automatic 1800 due to time wasters re-advertised everything mechanically in very good condition new brakes, discs, clutch,barings,ball joints,exhaust,tyres,battery,will need a little attention to bodywork nothing too serious RED LEATHER SEATS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION 69,00o miles from new £3,000 no offers [5] Various other criticisms seem to have been quietly addressed at the same time, including more highly geared steering which now needed only 3.75 rather than 4.2 turns between locks,[5] although the actual modification had applied to cars produced since September 1966 (and, in the case of Australian cars, some time before that). Torch finds that when he is out and about “it certainly triggers a reaction in people - I get a lot of thumbs-ups from passing motorists”. It must have made it through via grey market or Canada. I find many of the older British cars had very spacious interiors in relation to their exterior dimensions. A young man lifted his head and looked around, just as puzzled. Suppose having 57 airbags, fatter A,B and C pillars, side intrusion beams in doors, etc all contributes to eroding the interior space of modern cars. The 1800 was voted European Car of the Year for 1965.[2]. Some 386,000 examples of all variants were produced in just over a decade, with the Austin-badged versions being the most common; some 221,000 units were produced. It was the first British five-door hatchback. Uh oh. “Uh oh.”, he said to himself calmly. The car was fine above 20 mph, but parking was indeed hard work. Relatively few have survived outside the hands of enthusiasts owing to its original unfashionable image, and more recently, its popularity in the demolition derby and banger racing scenes, owing to the bodyshell's exceptional strength and rigidity. For tips and advice, visit our Advice section, or sign up to our newsletter here. The Wolseley retained its unique rear lights. ***RENT RATES & AVAILABILITY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. With the Mini’s move to transverse engine and front wheel drive the XC9001 became the XC9005, which was effectively the future 1800.

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