AUSTIN FREE­WAY

Nairn Hind­haugh

Unique Cars - - AUSTINS ON SHOW – 2017 -

FORMER BMC ad­ver­tis­ing exec Nairn Hind­haugh is noth­ing if not ded­i­cated to his former em­ployer’s prod­uct. A mem­ber of the Austin Motor Ve­hi­cle Club of Qld, Nairn had three cars from his fleet of BMC/Ley­land models on dis­play; an 1800 that has been in the fam­ily since vir­tu­ally new, the Maxi and this Free­way sedan which he ac­quired in 1983.

“In re­al­ity the Free­way and com­pan­ion Wolse­ley 24/80 prob­a­bly came onto the mar­ket three years too late to have an im­pact,” Nairn ex­plained. “By 1962 the XL Fal­con was avail­able and Holden was ready to move on from its ‘grey’ motor cars so the Free­way was out­moded.”

The car dur­ing its 34 years of cur­rent own­er­ship has been treated to a full en­gine re­build and re­spray but hasn’t been left to lan­guish in a shed be­tween au­to­mo­tive out­ings.

“It’s been to Perth and Tas­ma­nia and all over the place for other Austin events,” he said “It’s on full reg­is­tra­tion and copes eas­ily with day-to-day run­ning if needs be. With the mas­sive boot and roomy in­te­rior it also makes an ex­cel­lent load-car­rier for swap meets.”

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