Austin 1800/2200 Landcrab

Classic Car

After the Mini and 1100/1300 range, the 1800/2200 models were expected to complete Alec Issigonis’ successful hat-trick of BMC front-wheel-drive cars. But they didn’t. Despite the 1800 winning the Car of the Year award in 1964 sales were disappointing. Although over-engineered and with Hydrolastic suspension the ungainly looks and austere interior counted against the models. For 1972 a six-cylinder 2.2-litre engine was fitted to create the 2200; more power and better to drive, but it was too late to make any real impact.

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