WHY IT MAT­TERS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Longbridge Classics To Be Proud Of -

By far BMC’s big­gest earner, these Austins and their badge-en­gi­neered sis­ters topped the sales charts for years.

Fol­low­ing on from the mas­sive suc­cess of the Mini, the big sib­ling 1100/1300 was orig­i­nally launched in 1962 as a Mor­ris, with the Austin ver­sion ar­riv­ing the fol­low­ing year. The Pin­in­fa­rina styling was just right, the car had su­perb in­te­rior space for its size and the Hy­dro­las­tic sus­pen­sion meant ex­cel­lent ride qual­ity. MkII mod­els were of­fered in 1098cc 1100 or 1275cc 1300 form. It was nigh on a world-beat­ing pack­age – at least un­til the rust took hold, which it al­most al­ways did.

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