In a ground breaking move, has launched two levels of membership – Paid and Free
David, Club Chairman

Free Membership offers the opportunity be part of, providing access to selected content of the website and from time to time a specially prepared Newsletter.

Paid Membership offers full membership of and specifically provides:

  • ‘The Connaught’, the official bi-monthly PDF Magazine of
  • A monthly newsletter
  • Exclusive discounts with a number of significant suppliers
  • Access to a dedicated members only section of the website, containing a vast archive of vehicle information including press photographs, brochures, and access to technical information

It costs only £10.00 per year to support the efforts of all those working for this international club. has struck motoring gold! has been working hard to help provide a lasting and tangible legacy for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 range of cars.

We have used crowd funding to raise money to purchase targeted panels and incredibly we have also procured a whole 2-door bodyshell and we also we have the side of a 4-door model.

By establishing a working relationship with Classic Sheetmetal Limited in Birmingham, UK we are now in a position to proudly announce that high quality bespoke repair sections to enable the restoration of any ADO16 are now available to help achieve one of the principle aims of – to help keep Britain’s bestselling car of the sixties alive.

Production and despatch of repair panels has already begun; orders can be place by contacting Chris at Classic Sheetmetal:

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+44 (0) 7980 00 23 65

Exclusive to paid-up members of the international club is a very generous 10 per cent discount.

If welding is not your forte then Classic Sheetmetal can also offer a body restoration service, so your bespoke panels would be manufactured and actually fitted!

Panel Manufacture – update

This week the first load of purchased and loaned panels was delivered to Classic Sheetmetal Limited in Birmingham, UK – the birthplace of the ADO16.

Simon Harley, who has been leading the international project handed over to Chris the Managing Director various items including both 2-door and 4-door skins, various sill parts and both a bootlid and incredibly an estate tailgate!

Chris will be copying panels and making them available for sale. Already Simon has been fielding requests but first in line are a pair of rear wheel arches for his own Austin 1100 project – a car you may recall seeing when we displayed at the Practical Classics Classic Car Restoration Show earlier this year – progress with the wheel arches will get reported in our full colour Club Magazine, The Connaught.

Simon is currently negotiating, on behalf of international, on something we think could be very special – with delivery scheduled to take place mid-July, so stay tuned for further updates!

Panel Manufacture

An opportunity for complete panel and rear subframe re-manufacture has come to Limited, also and perhaps more importantly the opportunity to make specific small repair sections.

We intend purchasing various original panels for this purpose with money already pledged by members ahead of this more ambitious fund raising – if we were to raise several thousand within a couple of days we might also purchase a complete bodyshell currently available for the same purpose but realistically our aim is to purchase all of the available panels from another source. Limited will need to oversee the legalities of panel purchase and ownership, storage and re-manufacture. We have a very clear plan of action and will ensure that the interests of Limited and the members of international are protected.

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