Morris Ital – good on a dry day

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

In­ter­est­ing to read the Myth Buster about the Morris Ital ( CCW, 1 March).

My fa­ther had one of the early 1971 Mari­nas, a 1.3SDL. He thor­oughly dis­liked it and sold it af­ter 18 months. Roll for­ward to 1980 and he tired of wait­ing for a new Ford Es­cort and bought an Ital 1.7HL which I sub­se­quently learned to

drive in. It wasn’t a bad car un­til it rained when the grip from the front wheels be­came rather ten­u­ous. The paint­work and in­te­rior were ac­tu­ally quite good.

I re­mem­ber the brochure he had from the deal­ers in­cluded a spe­cial or­der 2.0HLS, only avail­able in black. I have never seen or heard of one of these and won­der if this model ever ac­tu­ally ex­isted. Michael Hogg, Es­sex

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