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Denmark National Day

Today we celebrate Constitution Day in Denmark (Grundlovsdag) with a look back at some period images...

...DOMI (Dansk Oversøisk Motor Industri – Danish Overseas Motor Industry) was originally founded 1946 by Svend Nellemann as a subsidiary of Nellemann Holding A/S for the production and assembly of buses and commercial vehicles but DOMI would go on to import and assemble many UK brands, particularly those of Nuffield although also others such as Borgward, Chrysler, Plymouth, even BMW, and later Daihatsu and Subaru, and in 1972 at the behest of British Leyland, DOMI also took control of the Austin importer DFA (De Forenede Automobilfabrikker A/S).

Both Denmark and the UK were members of EFTA which meant imported cars were not subject to tariffs; this hugely helped sales of the Morris Minor which indeed was a very popular car across all Scandinavia. By the time the ADO16 was launched Morris was a big name in Denmark and it was a model which DOMI 'assembled' as the Morris Marina - a CBU import which was given more than just a basic inspection.

Our post features a 1962, Morris Marina launch image, also a view of the DOMI plant from late 1967 in which a Mark II is clearly visible. The street view of the newly formed British Leyland partnership is from Copenhagen in 1972 and we finish with an Austin 1100 2-Door Deluxe – identifiable from the grille, lack of over-riders, absence of bright finishing around the door frame and fixed rear side windows.

With special thanks to Kai W. Mosgaard and Andrew Ryan.

We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Denmark; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Denmark National DayToday we celebrate Constitution Day in Denmark (Grundlovsdag) with a look back at some period images......DOMI (Dansk Oversøisk Motor Industri – Danish Overseas Motor Industry) was originally founded 1946 by Svend Nellemann as a subsidiary of Nellemann Holding A/S for the production and assembly of buses and commercial vehicles but DOMI would go on to import and assemble many UK brands, particularly those of Nuffield although also others such as Borgward, Chrysler, Plymouth, even BMW, and later Daihatsu and Subaru, and in 1972 at the behest of British Leyland, DOMI also took control of the Austin importer DFA (De Forenede Automobilfabrikker A/S).Both Denmark and the UK were members of EFTA which meant imported cars were not subject to tariffs; this hugely helped sales of the Morris Minor which indeed was a very popular car across all Scandinavia. By the time the ADO16 was launched Morris was a big name in Denmark and it was a model which DOMI assembled as the Morris Marina - a CBU import which was given more than just a basic inspection.Our post features a 1962, Morris Marina launch image, also a view of the DOMI plant from late 1967 in which a Mark II is clearly visible. The street view of the newly formed British Leyland partnership is from Copenhagen in 1972 and we finish with an Austin 1100 2-Door Deluxe – identifiable from the grille, lack of over-riders, absence of bright finishing around the door frame and fixed rear side windows.With special thanks to Kai W. Mosgaard and Andrew Ryan.We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Denmark; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

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Nice to see you are celebrating the Danish Constitution Day with lovely photos of the ADO16. It is not today thou but tomorrow Friday the 5th of June. Sorry but I had to comment on it 😉

Domi didn't assemble the Marina (ADO16), they were imported CBU, but they did do an extensive pre-delivery inspection and added side indicators (a local requirement) before shipping to dealers.

Weekly Model Series – Vitesse – Austin 1100 & 1300

Today is the second edition of our new weekly series of ADO16 scale models and we continue our look at the Portuguese company of Vitesse...

...both of these models are high on detail but they certainly lack some perhaps essential detail – Vitesse used a separate casting for the front of their models; just like BMC this allowed them to conduct some badge engineering but crucially and unlike BMC, Vitesse did not update the rear lights for the Mark II cars. There was only one real ADO16 which didn’t have updated rear lights, and that was the Innocenti i5.

The first model is an Austin 1300 Mark II (Model No. VCC090), which carries a GB number plate. We also have an Austin 1100 Mark II Police Car (Model No. 21001), well it has 1100 on the bootlid (which is not authentic) and it has a 1300 front grille – well no-one ever said it was easy to be accurate with ADO16 models!

We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in over 50-countries and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Weekly Model Series – Vitesse – Austin 1100 & 1300Today is the second edition of our new weekly series of ADO16 scale models and we continue our look at the Portuguese company of Vitesse......both of these models are high on detail but they certainly lack some perhaps essential detail – Vitesse used a separate casting for the front of their models; just like BMC this allowed them to conduct some badge engineering but crucially and unlike BMC, Vitesse did not update the rear lights for the Mark II cars. There was only one real ADO16 which didn’t have updated rear lights, and that was the Innocenti i5.The first model is an Austin 1300 Mark II (Model No. VCC090), which carries a GB number plate. We also have an Austin 1100 Mark II Police Car (Model No. 21001), well it has 1100 on the bootlid (which is not authentic) and it has a 1300 front grille – well no-one ever said it was easy to be accurate with ADO16 models!We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in over 50-countries and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

Italy – Republic Day

Today the Italian Republic celebrates Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) and we celebrate with a post that you might find a little unusual for Italy...

...no doubt you associate Italy with Innocenti and their versions of the ADO16 but we feature an A4 flyer dating to 1968 showing the Morris 1300 Traveller which was imported and distributed in Italy by S.I.D.A.-BMC (Societa Italiana Distribuzione Automobili British Motor Corporation).

Interesting though, after Innocenti stopped building their final version of ADO16 (the Innocent I5) in 1972, and before they launched the ill-fated Innocenti Regent based on the Allegro, they imported the 1300 GT and the Estate...

... also in 1972, with Innocenti becoming a subsidiary of British Leyland the previously separate Innocenti and BLMC sales networks in Italy were merged into Leyland Innocenti – one of those Leyland Innocenti imports was the 1973, Morris 1300 Traveller we also feature, sold complete with a handbook printed in Italian.

With special thanks to Chris Cowin.

We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Italy; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Italy – Republic DayToday the Italian Republic celebrates Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) and we celebrate with a post that you might find a little unusual for Italy......no doubt you associate Italy with Innocenti and their versions of the ADO16 but we feature an A4 flyer dating to 1968 showing the Morris 1300 Traveller which was imported and distributed in Italy by S.I.D.A.-BMC (Societa Italiana Distribuzione Automobili British Motor Corporation).Interesting though, after Innocenti stopped building their final version of ADO16 (the Innocent I5) in 1972, and before they launched the ill-fated Innocenti Regent based on the Allegro, they imported the 1300 GT and the Estate...... also in 1972, with Innocenti becoming a subsidiary of British Leyland the previously separate Innocenti and BLMC sales networks in Italy were merged into Leyland Innocenti – one of those Leyland Innocenti imports was the 1973, Morris 1300 Traveller we also feature, sold complete with a handbook printed in Italian.With special thanks to Chris Cowin.We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Italy; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

This week’s cover image, a 1973 Austin 1100 Mark II Super Deluxe – the Rover Mini Cooper was available with factory fitted spot lights but we much prefer a do-it-yourself ADO16...

...and finished in your own colour with matching wheels – very tasteful – in fact, cool!
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This week’s cover image, a 1973 Austin 1100 Mark II Super Deluxe – the Rover Mini Cooper was available with factory fitted spot lights but we much prefer a do-it-yourself ADO16......and finished in your own colour with matching wheels – very tasteful – in fact, cool!

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Nice I have 2 good cars and a allegro 1974

Beautiful

1969, Riley 1300 Mark II – Portugal

The ending of production of the Riley 1300 Mark II was a sad day for both ADO16 enthusiasts and followers of the Riley brand; and you would have had to have been a avid reader of The Times newspaper to spot the news...

...starting out as a bicycle manufacturer, The Riley Cycle Company Limited, and even having the Sturmey Archer brand at one point, Riley turned to cars in 1905 and became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938. The very last Riley was a Riley 1300 Mark II manufactured in the UK on the 9th July, 1969.

1969, saw 1,895 of the Riley 1300 Mark II exported; some of those cars were CKD and Portugal was one of the locations – our featured car is a 1969, Riley 1300 Mark II; the car was assembled in Portugal near Setubal, a port 25 miles south of Lisbon, by Industria de Montagem de Automoveis Lda., (IMA) and it’s quite possible that Portugal were still assembling the Riley after UK manufacture had ceased.

With special thanks to Chris Cowin.

We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Portugal; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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1969, Riley 1300 Mark II – PortugalThe ending of production of the Riley 1300 Mark II was a sad day for both ADO16 enthusiasts and followers of the Riley brand; and you would have had to have been a avid reader of The Times newspaper to spot the news......starting out as a bicycle manufacturer, The Riley Cycle Company Limited, and even having the Sturmey Archer brand at one point, Riley turned to cars in 1905 and became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938. The very last Riley was a Riley 1300 Mark II manufactured in the UK on the 9th July, 1969.1969, saw 1,895 of the Riley 1300 Mark II exported; some of those cars were CKD and Portugal was one of the locations – our featured car is a 1969, Riley 1300 Mark II; the car was assembled in Portugal near Setubal, a port 25 miles south of Lisbon, by Industria de Montagem de Automoveis Lda., (IMA) and it’s quite possible that Portugal were still assembling the Riley after UK manufacture had ceased.With special thanks to Chris Cowin.We are the only global club for the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – the ADO16; with members, contacts and representatives in well over 50-countries including of course Portugal; our membership continues to grow and staggeringly our Facebook Group now has well over 2,250 members! You can join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

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Rileys were still being assembled/ sold in Ireland in 1970 after production had ended in the UK in 1969 to run down whatever stock they had.

Centre outlet exhaust on a MkII? I wonder if this market retained 65 bhp engine?

What a little beauty this one is. And with the correct boot lid, no 'Kestrel'.

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