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Nice to meet you, welcome to ado16.info! ado16.info was founded in 1999 and it has become the world’s largest internet resource for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 range of cars.

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ado16.info club desk17 hours ago
In The Beginning – 1958, XC9001

Having last week celebrated the launch of the Morris 1100 today we look at how it all started...

...the creation of Alec Issigonis, the ADO16 was in fact the last Morris to go through from design to production at Cowley, Oxford, UK. Issigonis had a clear vision; the Mini would be the Town car, small and easy to park. City cars would be the ADO16 range, while the 1800 was to be the Motorway car; of course, some names were yet to be applied.

These images, all from 1958 show that the early stages of BMC planning left much to be desired; not yet an ADO16 the initial experimental car was coded XC9001 and in the words of Reg Job, BMC’s body engineer, was “…plain and uninteresting".

Thankfully BMC were already engaged with Pininfarina in Italy and their version of XC9001 clearly demonstrated they could see where things needed to go.

With thanks to AROnline for some of these images.

Now with members, contacts and representatives in over 40-countries, you can join the only ADO16 club with free and paid membership levels here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
ado16.info club desk
ado16.info club desk1 day ago
We've added two more MG 1300 brochures to the brochures page today. With almost 650 pages to keep you amused - you could be missing for a few hours!
ado16.info club desk
ado16.info club desk2 days ago
3-weeks to go!

It is just 3-weeks until our UK National Rally which this year we will host at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire...

https://www.tramway.co.uk/whatson/ado16-info-international-visit/

With our UK members spread very evenly across the UK we will usually endeavour to host our National in and around the Midlands and last year was no exception with a visit to the Coventry Motor Museum where Ian and Dawn’s 1971,Mark II Morris 1300 Super Deluxe supported our club flag.

The Morris is finished in Bedouin with an Autumn Leaf interior, it is a very late Mark II model with some interesting original features; the Mark III heater control panel had for example already been introduced, the oil filter warning lamp had already been deleted whilst UK law had demanded the introduction of a steering lock and so a chrome blanking disc appeared on the fascia where the ignition was once located.

Now with members, contacts and representatives in over 40-countries, you can join the only ADO16 club with free and paid membership levels here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
ado16.info club desk
ado16.info club desk3 days ago
30-minutes of Weekend Viewing!

Following our post a few days ago to celebrate the launch of the Morris 1100 we thought it time to look again at the first BMC ADO16 promotional film – however the Morris 1100 film, which we have in our video collection, does finish abruptly whereas the Austin version continues to a natural conclusion...

...there is a vague story line and so it is worth spending time listening to all of the dialogue from the outset...

BMC Breakthrough - Austin 1100 – 1963 includes amongst others interviews with Moulton, Cooper and Issigonis – in our opinion this is the most informative, significant and valuable film archive of the ADO16 in existence – it’s the weekend, so enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/ado16info/videos/1726963464261159/

Now with members, contacts and representatives in around 40-countries, you can join the only ADO16 club with free and paid membership levels here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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ado16.info club desk
BMC Breakthrough - Austin 1100 - 1963 BMC Breakthrough – Morris 1100; that was released in 1962 but in the autumn of 1963 the Austin 1100 was launched and accordingly there was a BMC Breakthrough – Austin 1100 film….we kid you not! This film is very similar to the Morris version but it is different in many ways. More is made of the hydrolastic units early on with Alex Moulton interviewed. The Austin 1100 is featured in various scenes but surprisingly there is still much of the Morris 1100. Nonetheless, if you compare say the Swiss Alps scene, the car in this film has an Austin grille, not a Morris grille – how was that achieved? BMC in true style produced two versions of essentially the same film but with some different items in each one. The continuity complications involved for the Film Company was immense, and the cost implications for BMC enormous. Identical scenes had to be shot twice with different cars, meaning two cars were needed at a location and the scenes took twice as long to shoot – so, in 1962 the Austin 1100 did exist! Things did not always go to plan and if you look closely you will see cars with the badges missing, cars changing colour in a sequence, posters in the background in one film and missing in the other. Unlike the previous film, this one is complete and finishes first with Alex Issigonis being interviewed followed by yet more spectacular footage – from the MIRA testing grounds. We have free and paid membership levels; you can join the only ADO16 club with members, contacts and representatives in 40-countries here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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ado16.info club desk4 days ago
Indonesia Independence Day

Today we celebrate Independence Day in Indonesia; we are aware of a good number of ADO16’s there but we are yet to find a contact or national representative for our club...

...if you are in Indonesia and would like to be part of our global club please do get in touch – you do not need to be an expert in any way at all, you just need to be enthusiastic!

The cars we present from Indonesia all follow a particular theme, and it’s a detail only a proud owner would pay attention to...

Now with members, contacts and representatives in around 40-countries, you can join the only ADO16 club with free and paid membership levels here: www.ado16.info/membership-join