Austin 1100/1300

Classic Car

BMC badge-engineering ran rampant with the 1100/1300 range, Alec Issigonis’ extension of his Mini concept. The 1963 Austin variant was the best-seller thanks to front-wheel-drive, front disc brakes, interconnected Hydrolastic fluid suspension and a TARDIS-like interior. Performance was lively thanks to the A-series engines, in 1098cc and, from 1967, 1275cc sizes and handling came close to Mini standards. Much cleverer than their Ford, Vauxhall and Rootes rivals these cars consistently topped British sales charts but rust ferociously.

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