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Innocenti I4, Italy – Homologation Number 1372

Innocenti followed the pattern of offering the ADO16 as both a Morris, the IM3 and also as an Austin, the I4 which in time would also be known as the J4 – significantly though the IM3 featured twin carburettors whereas the I4 was equipped with a single carburettor.

Innocenti applied in Italy via the Automobile Club d’Italia to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile for homologation approval of the Innocenti I4 and this was recognised from the 1st February, 1965 and remained until the 31st December, 1977.

Interestingly, unlike the IM3 we featured yesterday, the I4 application showed Lucas electrical components from the outset whereas the IM3 initially featured Marelli items.

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Innocenti IM3, Italy – Homologation Number 1245

Soon after homologation of the Austin 1100 in the UK, Innocenti applied in Italy via the Automobile Club d’Italia to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile for approval of the Innocenti IM3 which was recognised from the 4th November, 1963

The image of the IM3 without doors illustrates how the homologation process involved dismantling the whole car and it is interesting to read in the documentation just how much local content, Italian built, components were used on the Innocenti.

The 30th May, 1965 saw an amendment being made which included a change from twin SU carburettors to twin Dellorto FZD carburettors however a shadow of the Prince of Darkness would fall on the Innocenti with a number of Marelli electrical components being replaced by those from Lucas!

The Innocenti IM3 homologation was only granted until 31st December, 1965.

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Those carbs look interesting option or alternative

Austin 1100, UK – Homologation Number 1238

The second ADO16 to be granted approval by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile was the Austin 1100...

...The Austin Motor Company Limited applied through the Royal Automobile Club for homologation and was granted number 1238 from the 5th September, 1963 until the 31st December, 1977. Again, just as with the Morris 1100 we featured 2-days ago the homologation included both 2-door and 4-door models.

Homologation of the Morris 1100 had occurred almost 2-months after the model launch but BMC were much more on the ball with the Austin 1100 and indeed gained approval the day before the model’s launch date.

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"KOE"= koeajo! 🙂

Zimbabwe Independence Day

Today we celebrate Zimbabwe Independence Day...

...BMC Rhodesia Ltd had a CKD assembly plant in Umtali (since 1983, Mutare) at which a number of models including the ADO16 were produced until production ceased in 1967.

We show an advert for the Umtali built Morris 1100 and a number of images showing the Austin 1100 also assembled in Umtali.

With special thanks to Iain Harper.

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The plant didn't close. It switched to assembling motor vehicles from countries such as France (Peugeot)that didn't have an issue with Rhodesia which had unilaterally declared independence from the UK in 1965. As the UK government had an embargo on exports to Rhodesia that meant no more CKD kits could be shipped to Umtali.

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