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IMV Austin 1300 – 1971

Yugoslavian production of the IMV ADO16 lasted just until the end of 1972 by which time approaching 15,000 cars had been built...

...one of those cars which we feature today is a 1971, IMV Austin 1300 – a car which belongs to Dalibor, President of the Serbian Federation of Historical Vehicles. The Austin has always been in Dalibor’s family and splendidly continues today in regular use all year round.

The Mark III ADO16 which was launched in September, 1971 was not produced by IMV but interestingly Dalibor’s car which dates back to April, 1971 features a Mark III style heater control assembly.

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IMV Austin 1300 – 1969-1970

Healthy numbers of the IMV Austin 1300 survive across the countries of the former Yugoslavia where production commenced 50-years ago, although we are currently unaware of any actual 1969 examples...

...prior to local production commencing various left hand drive ADO16 cars had been officially imported into Yugoslavia which makes it interesting to see that for the end of September 1969, just ahead of CKD production commencing, Avto magazine chose to picture a right hand drive UK Austin 1300 and to publish an Autocar Magazine road test, translated into Slovenian.

We bring you that Avto magazine article plus images of a stunning 1970, IMV Austin 1300 to be found in Serbia.

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Gorgeous!!!! 😍😍😍

Selling the IMV Austin 1300

We continue our 50th anniversary celebrations since the beginning of production of the IMV Austin 1300 in the former Yugoslavia with a look at marketing of the new car...

...the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a communist country that enjoyed substantial economic growth from the 1950’s to the early 1980’s and this clearly benefitted sales of the ADO16 – nonetheless the communist ethos championed functionality; there were no large glossy sales brochures rather the sales literature amounted to a simple 4-page brochure whilst adverts certainly carried no frills.

The black & white adverts span 1969 – 1971 and appeared in GLAS, the newsletter of the Socialist Workers' Union for the Gorénjska region. At launch in 1969 the Yugoslav dinar was not so stable often suffering from very high inflation and periodic devaluation which is why prices were also quoted in the advert in German Deutsche marks, American dollars, Italian lira and pounds sterling. Moreover, if purchased on credit the delivery lead time was 90-days, reduced to 40-days for a cash sale and available for immediate delivery if purchased with foreign currency, and these prices and lead times would be guaranteed if payment was made in December!

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Was there any particular engine spec changes there?

ADO16 CKD Assembly – IMV Yugoslavia

50-years ago, in October, 1969 IMV began assembly of the ADO16 and by December, 1972 around 15,000 cars had been supplied from the UK Longbridge factory...

We picture the first ever IMV Austin 1300 Super Deluxe and a number of other factory images – at the time the IMV painting facilities were state of the art but one has to wonder what happened to the pictured bodyshell that required so much repair.

With special thanks to Gregor and Mini magazine and to Nebojsa.

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Production: Austin 1300 Super Deluxe 4d (1969-1972)14450 cars, Austin 1300 Special (1971-1972) 485 cars.

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Another Anniversary – October, 1969 – IMV Austin 1300 Super Deluxe

We’ve been so busy with other celebrations that this one has slipped a few weeks but 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the October launch of the Yugoslavian assembled IMV Austin 1300 Super Deluxe...

...Established in 1954, Industrija Motornih Vozil (IMV) in Novo Mesto originally acted as a car importer. In 1967 IMV signed an agreement with BMC which initially saw complete examples of the ADO16 being imported two years ahead of the commencement of CKD assembly.

The official language of Yugoslavia was Serbo-Croato-Slovenian but the country’s official motoring journal was actually published in two languages – as Avto in Slovenian and as Auto in Serbo-Croat. Ahead of CKD assembly IMV wanted to advertise their new product and loaned to the Avto/Auto magazine one particular car to be used as the prize for a magazine competition!

In today’s age of lottery prizes we think nothing of even a car being given as a prize but in 1968, especially in a communist country, this was big news and Avto/Auto wanted to do something special to generate publicity, so of course, they put their IMV Austin 1300 on a wooden raft and floated it through the heart of Yugoslavia down the River Drina!

The lady in the images is Dobrila, the wife of a famous Yugoslavian painter the late Miodrag Misa Nedeljkovic. Nebojsa, an avid ado16.info supporter, has recently spoken with Dobrilla and learnt that following the river action the IMV Austin 1300 was returned to the editorial office; of course such a valuable commodity wasn’t to be given away rather as a reward for the best idea of how to spend a vacation; the winner got to use the car with fuel fully paid for, and of course there was hotel accommodation thrown in and a certain amount of money for other expenses.

Dobrila actually recounted that the raft had been her husband’s idea – and she was convinced she would end up in the river! Our post brings you the original Auto articles but we also have some additional images from the photo shoot which Nebojsa found in a local market!

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