Austin AllegroClassic Car
The Allegro stood as the foremost icon of all that was wrong with Britain’s car industry in the 1970s. Strange looks, lack of quality, reliability issues and that infamous rectangular ‘Quartic’ steering wheel meant that what good touches it did have (a wide choice of engines from 1-litre through to 1750cc, compliant Hydragas suspension, five gears and a distinctive character) were overlooked. 1975’s estate version looked like a shrunken hearse, which didn’t help matters. However, Allegros have cult appeal nowadays.