BUT I CAN AF­FORD AN AUSTIN 1300GT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Dream Cars For Bargain Money -

NICK LARKIN Loud, tiny, un­com­fort­able and over­priced. Who wants a Mini Cooper when you can have some­thing sporty from the same sta­ble, with many iden­ti­cal com­po­nents – and which is ar­guably a much bet­ter car – for a fifth of the price?

Step for­ward the Austin 1300GT, launched in 1969 as ‘the one GT that just had to be’. Ad­ver­tised joys in­cluded ‘a chrome tailpipe.’

This was no sleek coupé but buy­ers got a 70bhp twin SU-carb ver­sion of the A-se­ries engine, re­clin­ing seats, front disc brakes, a matt black dash­board, rev counter, vinyl roof and a sexy alu­minium-spoked steer­ing wheel.

It also had the Mini’s sharp han­dling but a bet­ter ride. Surely a Blaze 1300GT would be any­one’s dream car? And can get a good one for £4k. Move over, Mini! MINI COOPER ENGINE 998cc/4-cyl/ OHV POWER 55bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 57lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 90mph 0-60MPH 16.8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 2933mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, 4-speed man WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £25k, GOOD £19k, US­ABLE £10k, PROJECT £5k AUSTIN 1300GT ENGINE 1275cc/4-cyl/ OHV POWER 70bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 74lb ft@3250rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 96mph 0-60MPH 15.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 3033mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, 4-speed man WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £7000, GOOD £4500, US­ABLE £3000, PROJECT £500

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