MYTH BUSTER

De­bunk­ing the most com­mon old wives’ tales

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

1 THE BACK WIN­DOW POPS OUT…

Yes, this hap­pened. Its body engi­neer­ing was ques­tion­able, and a lack of struc­tural in­tegrity caused the shell to twist if you jacked it up badly. But the Al­le­gro only popped its screen if you jacked it up by not us­ing the cor­rect point. Bright tape hastily afixed to the jack­ing point cured that ill un­til the Se­ries II facelift.

2 THE WHEELS CAN DROP-OFF

Again, this hap­pened, and earned the Al­le­gro (and Princess) con­sid­er­able ad­verse pub­lic­ity. But there was a rea­son for this. Its wheel­bear­ings looked very sim­i­lar to those fit­ted to its pre­de­ces­sor, the BMC 1100/1300. But the de­sign was com­pletely dif­fer­ent, and me­chan­ics who didn’t con­sult the man­ual would over­tighten them, caus­ing hub fail­ure.

3 THEY SUF­FER FROM TER­MI­NAL RUST

Not true. Al­le­gros are ac­tu­ally well above av­er­age on this score. This prob­a­bly re­lates to a 1975 is­sue of a pop­u­lar con­sumer mag­a­zine, which stated the Al­le­gro suf­fered from rot­ting around the rear sub­frame! The writer asked a BLMC me­chanic the prob­lems, but it tran­spired that the en­gi­neer thought he was be­ing asked about BMC 1100/1300. This made it into print, and the le­gend was es­tab­lished and per­pe­trated.

4 AERO­DY­NAM­ICS ARE BACK TO FRONT

True! Ex-BL de­signer Stephen Harper con­firms: ‘ This was proven when we turned down spon­sor­ship for a Dan­ish rac­ing driver who was plan­ning to com­pete in ‘back­ward’ rac­ing on the beaches of Schevinin­gen…’ Most cars of that era are sleeker go­ing back­wards, any­way!

Time has been kind to the Al­le­gro’s styling – not its rep­u­ta­tion, though.

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