What is ADO16?

The ADO16 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 16) is a range of small family cars built by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and, later, British Leyland. Launched in 1962, it was Britain’s best-selling car from 1963 to 1966 and from 1968 to 1971. The ADO16 was marketed under various make and model names, however the Austin and Morris were the most prolific of all the variants.

How many were made?

Over 2,300,000!

That’s over 11,500,000 litres of Hydrolastic fluid required to give the cars their unique ride! (Enough to fill just over 4 and half olympic sized swimming pools!)

Production Timeline

March 1962

Production of the Morris 1100 and MG 1100 began at Cowley.

15th August 1962

Morris 1100 launched as a four door saloon for the home market and a two door saloon for export only.

August 1962

The first small batch of Morris 1100's (would be marketed as Morris Marina's) were exported to Denmark.

2nd October 1962

MG 1100 launched as a four door saloon for home market and a two door saloon for export only.

October 1962

MG 1100 launched in the USA as the MG "Sports Sedan". The "Sports Sedan" name is only used in publicity material.

November 1962

Mud shields were fitted to the rear drum brakes.

December 1962

Thinner front seat squabs were introduced on the MG in order to provide more leg room in the rear passenger compartment.

January 1963

After a bumpy start, due to a new tax regime, sales of the Morris Marina and MG 1100 began to pick up.

1st February 1963

The first New Zealand-built Morris 1100 rolls off the production line at the Newmarket plant.

April 1963

The Innocenti IM3 launched. Largely retaining the standard ADO16 body shell. The front end styling was tweaked. A petrol flap, different style bumpers and a much higher quality trim were fitted.

May 1963

Rumours of an estate version being developed at Longbridge surface.

September 1963

Austin 1100 launched as a four door saloon for the home market and a two door saloon for export only.

October 1963

The Vanden Plas is launched at the London Motor show to gauge public reaction. The vehicle used on the stand was in fact a converted MG 1100. Fitted with a walnut-veneer dashboard, door cappings and picnic tables in the back of the front seats. The car also boasted Connolly hide upholstery, Wilton carpets, and a West of England cloth headlining.

October 1963

The windscreen washer bottle was moved from behind the radiator grille to the bulkhead to avoid it freezing up.

November 1963

Rubber floor covering replaces carpet on most hard wearing surfaces in some Austin models.

17th February 1964

Morris 1100 launched in Australia. Complete with 37 modifications to make it suitable for the Australian terrain, including a modified interior for greater comfort.

Spring 1964

Vanden Plas production begins.

July 1964

Subframe mounting rubbers underwent major changes. The area was increased and changed from butyl to natural rubber in order to overcome variations in acoustic quality conditioned by climatic changes and to obtain more easily bonding quality in manufacture.

September 1964

Diaphragm spring clutch replaces coil spring clutch. The heating system was upgraded, crush style sun visors and a plastic framed mirror were all fitted.

1964 (Exact date TBC)

Innocenti I4 launched at the Torino Motor Show. Front end styling similar to the Morris 1100 sold in the UK.

1965 (Exact date TBC)

MG Princess launched in America, 154 cars were sold.

January 1965

Craryford "estate" announced.

September 1965

Wolseley 1100 launched.

September 1965

Riley Kestrel launched.

October 1965

Automatic transmission available on Austin and Morris 1100

Late 1965

Mystique (hatchback conversion, using a MGB GT tailgate) introduced by Creech Motors in Somerset.

March 1966

Austin 1100 Countryman & Morris 1100 Traveller launched at the Geneva Motor Show.

Spring 1966

Two door and automatic versions of the Morris Marina and Austin 1100 become available in Denmark.

May 1966

Reclining front seats become available on all models. When specified on the Traveller or Countryman the interior could be converted into a double bed.

July 1966

Innocenti IM3S launched.

Mid 1966

Longbridge had developed a hatchback version of the Australian Morris 1500, code named YDO15. This model would be launched in Australia in June 1969.

September 1966

Morris 1100 production begins in Spain, using interior supplied by Innocenti.

14th December 1966

BMC and Jaguar merge to become British Motor Holdings (BMH).

1966 (exact date TBC)

Wolseley 1100 launched in South Africa.

1966 (exact date TBC)

Two Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Countryman cars produced as prototypes. At least one of these is thought to have survived at least until the mid-1990s, when it was offered for sale by Sporting Cars of Brighton.

Early 1967

264 MG 1100 two door saloons were sent to Ireland in CKD form.

Spring 1967

Wolseley 1100 becomes available in South Africa with 48bhp, 1098cc single carburettor "A" series engine.

May 1967

Austin 1100 Countryman and Morris 1100 Traveller launched in South Africa.

June 1967

The 1275cc 58bhp, single carburettor "A" series engine became an optional extra on MG, Riley, Vanden Plas and Wolseley versions. These models were specifically badged 1275, and only lasted until October.

Summer 1967

MG 1100 no longer exported to America. Austin 1100 would be used as a place holder until the Austin America in 1968. The Austin 1100 featured a single large speedometer fitted in the centre of dashboard, similar to that fitted in De Luxe versions of the Morris/Austin 1100 Mk2 and 1300.

August 1967

Morris 1100s launched in Australia. Fitted with the 1275cc, 63bhp single carburettor "A" series engine.

September 1967

Authi built MG 1100 launched in Spain.

October 1967

The 1100 Mk2 models were launched with cropped rear fins, ventilated wheels and indicator side repeater lamps fitted to the front wings. The braking system was also given an overhaul and received larger discs and swinging calipers. Note: Some very early Mk2 models still used the Mk1 system. A revised interior was also fitted. Austin/Morris versions had revised styling at the front end being fitted with a wider grille. Austin/Morris badges relocated from bonnet to grille. Morris model now fitted with black crackle finish dashboard similar to the Austin. Rocker switches used instead of toggle switches on both models. Estate versions gain a simulated wood effect side trim, but retained Mk1 styling at the rear. The MG 1100 Mk2 remains 4 door only in the UK.

October 1967

1300 "proper" models launched. Similar to the 1100 Mk2 except fitted with the 58bhp 1275cc "A" series engine. The Austin and Morris models were fitted with different grilles. For the first time in the UK the MG 1300 was available in two and four door, while the Riley, Vanden Plas and Wolseley continued in four door only. MG, Riley, Vanden Plas and Wolseley models were available with automatic transmission.

October 1967

Jensen convertible, based on an Austin 1100 Countryman, was shown for the first time at the London Motor show, but it never made it to series production. The original prototype was owned by a member of The 1100 Club until the early 1990s.

October 1967

1100 Standard launched in Australia.

October 1967

Morris 1100 Automatic available in Australia.

November 1967

A batch of 50 1100 vans had been produced. Model never made it into production.

Early 1968

Development of a replacement for ADO16, code named ADO22, featuring a revised suspension system and updated body style is cancelled in favour the Austin Allegro.

Early 1968

Glass fibre Morris 1100 prototype produced at Longbridge.

Early 1968

Denmark starts to sell the Morris Marina GT (Morris 1300), Austin 1300 and the 4 door MG 1300.

January 1968

Austin 11/55, Morris 11/55 and Wolseley 11/55 launched in South Africa.

January 1968

Riley Kestrel 1100 Mk2 discontinued.

February 1968

Wolseley 1100 Mk2 discontinued.

March 1968

MG 1100 Mk2 discontinued.

March 1968

Vanden Plas 1100 Mk2 discontinued.

March 1968

Austin 1100 Countryman and Morris 1100 Traveller Mk2 discontinued in the UK.

March 1968

Austin America launched in USA, based an the Austin 1300 2 door saloon but with a re-worked 1275cc, 70bhp "A" series engine. Optional equipment includes manual transmission. Also sold in Canada and Switzerland.

March 1968

Morris 1100 Traveller introduced in Spain.

March 1968

Arch springs introduced to the rear suspension on 2 door models.

April 1968

MG, Riley and Wolseley 1300 are fitted with an up rated (65bhp) twin carburettor engine. Vanden Plas 1300 retains single carburettor 58bhp unit.

14th May 1968

Merger of BMH and Leyland to form the British Leyland Motor Corporation.

June 1968

Morris 1100 standard discontinued.

30th September 1968

1100 models with all syncromesh gearbox launched.

September 1968

Morris 1300 and MG 1300 production begins in Spain.

October 1968

MG, Riley, Vanden Plas, Wolseley 1300 Mk2 models launched. Fitted with a revised engine and gearbox. MG/Riley: 70bhp manual and 65bph automatic. Vanden Plas/Wolseley 65bhp manual and 60bhp automatic. Riley looses the "Kestrel" name badge now is sold as the Riley 1300.

October 1968

MG 1300 discontinued in 4 door form at chassis number 128708, subsequent vehicles produced in 2 door form only.

October 1968

Updated Austin America launched, with front seats equipped with headrests and side mounted reflectors.

30th October - 10th November 1968

BLMC 1100 Berlina Aerodinamica by Pininfarina unveiled.

December 1968

Morris 1100 Automatic discontinued in Australia.

1968 (exact date TBC)

Austin/Morris/Wolseley 11/55 Mk2 launched in South Africa, which has the revised styling as featured on the UK models.

January 1969

The Australian Morris 1100S becomes available with automatic gear change.

February 1969

Production of the Morris 1300 Traveller begins in Spain.

February 1969

Crayford build Morris and MG 1300 convertibles (6 of each marque).

May 1969

The Morris 1100S with automatic transmission is discontinued.

Summer 1969

MG 1300 no longer available with optional automatic transmission.

June 1969

Morris 1500 and Nomad models are launched in Australia. Fitted with the E series engine (used in the Maxi). The Nomad has a hatchback similar to that of the Maxi. In New Zealand the cars were sold as Austins.

July 1969

Riley 1300 Mk2 discontinued. This signalled the end of the Riley marque as it was dropped by the British Leyland Motor Corporation.

Autumn 1969

Austin America revised, now fitted with over-riders featuring a rubber insert in the centre, side marker lamps and the "dreadful" BL logo in front of the doors on the wing edges. Also fitted with the alloy three spoke steering wheel (as fitted to the 1300 GT), smaller headrests and ignition switch mounted to the steering column.

September 1969

11/55 models now available with automatic transmission.

October 1969

Austin/Morris 1300 GT launched. Fitted with the 11 stud 1275cc 70bhp twin carburettor "A" series engine. Also featuring a restyled interior complete with a three dial dashboard, similar to that fitted in the MG. Three spoke steering wheel fitted, which was also used in the Austin America. The Hydrolastic suspension was lowered slightly to give a stiffer ride.

1969 (Exact date TBC)

Austin 1300 assembly in Novo Mesto (Slovenia) begins.

1969 (Exact date TBC)

Production of a fibre glass version of the MG 1300 begins in Chile.

1969 (Exact date TBC)

A curious three box ADO16 rolls out of the Innocenti design studios. Very little is known about the car.

Early 1970

Steering column locks fitted as standard equipment on all home market vehicles. Grille badges deleted off Austin/Morris models.

Early 1970

The automatic gear selector stick was reduced in length and the selector plate was changed from chrome to black.

September 1970

Morris 1500 and Nomad available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

October 1970

Austin America revised, now fitted with a thinner side moulding. The side marker lights have a reflector built in. Fitted with a matt black grille with two chrome strips and "America" badging. Engine underwent changes for emission laws, and an updated crankcase breather system was fitted.

1970 (Exact date TBC)

Innocenti IM3 discontinued.

1970 (Exact date TBC)

Austin/Morris 1300GT launched in Denmark. Confusingly, the Morris 1300GT was to be sold alongside the Morris Marina GT.

Early 1971

The Innocenti Austin I5 replaces the I4 models.

January 1971

Production of the Austin 1300 begins in Spain.

24th April 1971

Morris Traveller replaced in Spain by the Austin 1300 Countryman.

September 1971

Mk3 1100/1300 models launched. Featuring a revised matt Black grille. 1100 two door de luxe were models fitted with a single chrome bar, 1100 super de luxe and 1300 models were fitted with a cluster of three bars. A revised mock wood dashboard featuring two round dials was also fitted.

September 1971

Austin America discontinued.

September 1971

Morris saloon cars are discontinued in the UK, however, the Morris 1300 Traveller still available.

September 1971

MG 1300 discontinued, and is only available in CKD form for export only.

16th September 1971

MGS (also known as MG S 1300) is launched in Spain.

October 1971

Austin Apaché announced to the press in South Africa.

26th November 1971

Austin Apaché launched in South Africa.

1971 (Exact date TBC)

Austin 1300 Special launched in Yugoslavia (twin carburettor engine).

Early 1972

Austin 1100 production begins in Spain.

Early 1972

The Morris Marina is discontinued in Denmark to make way for the ADO28 (Morris Marina). This just leaves the Austin 11/1300 in production.

Early 1972

The radiator housing was removed from the inner wing.

Early 1972

"Pot" drive shaft joints appear on the "A" series engine.

March 1972

Fourth gear manual hold on automatic transmission models removed. Quadrant indicator replaced showing only three forward gear hold positions.

April 1972

Morris 1500 and Nomad discontinued. However, large stockpiles meant that the cars were sold until mid 1972.

October 1972

Austin Victoria launched in Spain. Based on the Austin Apaché. The frontal styling was given more attention and the car was fitted with twin headlamps.

November 1972

Single drivers wing mirror no longer fitted to Austin 1300 Countryman. Replaced by single door mirror fitted to the drivers door. Electrically operated rear heated window now available as an optional extra.

Late 1972

Innocenti Austin I5 discontinued.

April 1973

Wolseley 1300 discontinued.

April 1973

Morris 1300 Traveller discontinued.

April 1973

MG 1300 CKD kits discontinued.

April 1973

MG Victoria shown at the Barcelona Motor show, but never reached production.

16th May 1973

Austin Allegro announced.

19th July 1973

Austin Apaché TC launched with twin carburettor 75bhp "A" series engine. Also had vinyl roof, chrome side trims and fitted with the three dial dashboard.

11th September 1973

MG 1300 production in Chile discontinued.

February 1974

Austin De Luxe launched in Spain. Fitted with a 998cc 55bhp "A" series engine, grille similar to that fitted to the Austin 1300.

Spring 1974

The Austin 1300 SRV5 (Safety Research Vehicle) is shown to the press.

June 1974

Austin 1100/1300 discontinued.

9th October 1974

Fire in the Authi factory in Landaben.

1974 (Exact date TBC)

Austin Victoria Mk2 with front mounted radiator produced; featuring thermostatically controlled fan, newly designed seats - incorporating headrests, and a different dashboard. These vehicles were only pre-production, due to the fire the car never entered production.

1974 (Exact date TBC)

Austin Victoria discontinued.

January 1975

Denmark sells its last Austin 11/1300 models.

February 1975

1,015 Spanish built, 998cc Austin de Luxe models are the last ADO16s to be sold in Denmark.

22nd July 1975

Authi factory transferred to SEAT.

May 1976

Austin Apaché 35 Automatic launched in South Africa.

1976 (Exact date TBC)

Production in Novo Mesto discontinued.

1977 (Exact date TBC)

Austin Apache discontinued.

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1966 Wolseley 1100

In 2018, Emily’s passion for automotive restoration led her on an intriguing journey. Scrolling through the ado16.info Facebook page, a n ADO16 aficionados haven, she stumbled upon a captivating advert—a 1966 Wolseley 1100. Having already immersed herself in the world of classic cars with her cherished Austin 1300, the prospect of embarking on another restoration project ignited Emily’s excitement.

What made this Wolseley even more alluring was its storied past; a cameo in the film ‘The Lady in the Van,’ starring the incomparable Maggie Smith. Intrigued, Emily delved into online research, uncovering the rarity of this find—only 22 Wolseley 1100s were registered and roadworthy at the time, rendering her a true gem!

The journey to Bristol one fateful evening to lay eyes on her was nothing short of enchanting. Priced at a mere £350, with a generous inclusion of spare parts and brochures, it was a deal too good to resist. Despite four years of hibernation, a bit of tender care and effort breathed life back into her, allowing Emily to drive her off the trailer and into a new chapter.

Named ‘Maggie’ in homage to her cinematic stint, she became the focal point of Emily’s restoration efforts. Emily’s partner Tom dedicated countless hours in the garage, meticulously welding new metal and tending to various mechanical tasks, ensuring Maggie emerged stronger and sturdier than ever.

Meanwhile, Emily  busied herself with the mission to restore Maggie to her former glory. From sourcing a Vanden Plas interior and a pristine carpet set to acquiring authentic Mk 1 wheels to replace the mismatched Mk 2 ones, no detail was spared. With new seals, screen rubbers, and gleaming chrome accents, Maggie’s transformation was well underway.

The culmination of their labor was to be unveiled at the prestigious 2019 NEC Restoration Show. Tom meticulously touched up her paintwork, preparing Maggie for her grand debut. While a full respray remains on the horizon, her current finish allows for endless enjoyment on the road.

Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Nominated for the 2020 Practical Classics ‘Restorer of the Year’ award, the recognition was a testament to their dedication. Making it to the top eight finalists among twenty-six entries was a crowning achievement, although the 2020 Resto Show was thwarted by the onset of the Covid pandemic.

Undeterred, 2021 ushered in a new phase of Maggie’s restoration journey. A much-needed engine replacement bolstered her reliability. Yet, challenges persisted—her suspension, particularly at the rear, remained a vexing issue. Despite efforts to rectify it, a more comprehensive solution was warranted.

Enter Ian and Dawn Kennedy of Hydrogas and Hydrolastic Service Ltd, offering expertise and a temporary fix. This weekend holds the promise of a permanent solution as Maggie’s suspension undergoes meticulous attention, ensuring she once again sits proudly at the correct level, ready to conquer the road ahead.

Detailed specification

Engine
Cylinders4 in-line
Bore64.6mm (2.54in.)
Stroke83.7mm (3.29in)
Displacement1,098cc (67.02 cu. in.)
Valve gearOverhead, pushrods and rockers
Compression ratio8.9-to-1 (optional 8 to 1)
CarburettorsTwin S.U. HS2
Fuel pumpS.U. Electric
Oil filterFull flow, renewable element
Max. power55 b.h.p. (net) at 5,500 r.p.m.
Max. torque61 lb. ft. at 2,500 r.p.m.
Transmission
ClutchSingle dry plate, 7.25 in. dia.
GearboxFour speed, syncromesh on 2nd, 3rd and top
Gear ratiosTop 1.0, 3rd 1.46, 2nd 2.17, 1st and reverse 3.63
Final driveHelical spur gears, 4.13 to 1
Chasis
ConstructionIntegral with steel body
Suspension
FrontWishbones with Hydrolastic suspension and damper units
RearTrailing arms with Hydrolastic suspension and damper units with anti-pitch and anti-roll bars. Front and rear suspension interconnected on each side of car.
SteeringRack and pinion. Wheel dia. 16.25in.
Brakes
TypeLockheed hydraulic, non-servo, discs front, drums rear
DimensionsF. 8in. dia. discs. R 8in. dia. drums. 1.25in. wide shoes
Swept areaF. 133.2 sq. in. R. 63 sq. in. Total: 196.2 sq. in.
Wheels
TypePressed steel. 3.5in. wide rim
Tyres5.50-12in. Dunlop C41 tubeless
Equipment
Battery12-volt 42-amp hr.
HeadlampsLucas sealed beam, 60/45 -watt
Reversing lampExtra
Electric fusesTwo
Screen wipersSingle speed, self-parking
Screen washerStandard, manual plunger
Interior heaterStandard, Smiths fresh-air type
Safety beltsExtra, anchorages provided
Interior trimLeathercloth, plastic roof lining
Starting handleNo provision
JackScrew pillar, ratchet handle
Jacking pointsCentral, each side
Maintenance
Fuel tank8.5 Imp. gallons (no reserve)
Cooling system5.8 pints
Engine sump and transmission8.5 pints. Change oil every 3,000 miles; Chang filter element ever 3,000 miles (approx.)
Grease4 points every 3,000 miles
Tyre pressuresF. 28; R. 24 p.s.i. all conditions

Cost (when new)

£754 7s 1d (Source: Autocar October 1965)

Duotone paint £15 2s 1d

1968 Wolseley 1300

In 2008, Chris became the proud owner of a beautifully restored Wolseley, courtesy of his friends in England. However, this wasn’t your typical restoration job – they injected it with personality and flair. Picture this: a striking Black Tulip paint job contrasted by a Silver Fox hue, topped off with a sleek black vinyl roof and stylish 1300 GT stainless steel roof gutter trims. And let’s not forget those vintage Lucas spotlights and Austin America over-riders that give the car its bold attitude, complemented perfectly by Dunlop D1 alloy wheels that complete the captivating look.

But don’t be fooled by its stunning exterior – there’s more to this Wolseley than meets the eye. Under the bonnet lies an A+ 1275cc Metro engine, equipped with a fast road camshaft and automatic transmission. The cylinder head boasts larger valves and meticulous gas flow optimisation, all geared towards unleashing its power with a 10:1 compression ratio. Fueling the beast is an SU HIF 44 carburetor mounted on an MG Metro inlet manifold, while a Metro exhaust system feeds into an RC40 rear silencer. With pot joints driving the wheels and hydrolastic suspension struts shortened by 30mm, this car promises an exhilarating ride.

But the attention to detail doesn’t stop there. Electronic ignition and an oil cooler with a fan ensure peak performance, while Rover 100 wheel arch liners add a touch of finesse. Step inside, and you’ll find Metro front seats, a sporty steering wheel, and leather-clad dash and door cards. Entertainment is covered with a CD/Radio system and extra instrumentation, alongside creature comforts like an MG Metro heater core and Audi rear wiper conversion – the list goes on.

With Cibié headlights equipped with LED bulbs and the iconic Wolseley illuminating grille badge, this ADO16 is ready to conquer the roads day or night, offering an exhilarating driving experience that’s bound to leave a lasting impression.

Detailed specification

Engine
Cylinders4 in-line
Bore70.61mm (2.78in.)
Stroke81.28mm (3.2in)
Displacement1,275cc (77.9 cu. in.)
Valve gearOverhead, pushrods and rockers
Compression ratio8.8-to-1
CarburettorsSingle S.U. HS4
Fuel pumpS.U. Electric
Oil filterFull flow, renewable element
Max. power58 b.h.p. (net) at 5,250 r.p.m.
Max. torque69 lb. ft. at 3,500 r.p.m.
Transmission
ClutchSingle dry plate, 7.25 in. dia.
GearboxFour speed, syncromesh on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top
Chasis
ConstructionIntegral with steel body
Suspension
FrontWishbones with Hydrolastic suspension and damper units
RearTrailing arms with Hydrolastic suspension and damper units with anti-pitch and anti-roll bars. Front and rear suspension interconnected on each side of car.
SteeringRack and pinion. Wheel dia. 16.25in.
Brakes
TypeLockheed hydraulic, non-servo, discs front, drums rear
DimensionsF. 8in. dia. discs. R 8in. dia. drums. 1.25in. wide shoes
Swept areaF. 133.2 sq. in. R. 63 sq. in. Total: 196.2 sq. in.
Wheels
TypePressed steel. 3.5in. wide rim
Tyres5.50-12in. Dunlop C41 tubeless
Equipment
Battery12-volt 42-amp hr.
HeadlampsLucas sealed beam, 60/45 -watt
Reversing lampExtra
Electric fusesTwo
Screen wipersSingle speed, self-parking
Screen washerStandard, manual plunger
Interior heaterStandard, Smiths fresh-air type
Safety beltsExtra, anchorages provided
Interior trimLeathercloth, plastic roof lining
Starting handleNo provision
JackScrew pillar, ratchet handle
Jacking pointsCentral, each side
Maintenance
Fuel tank8.5 Imp. gallons (no reserve)
Cooling system5.8 pints
Engine sump and transmission8.5 pints. Change oil every 3,000 miles; Chang filter element ever 3,000 miles (approx.)
Grease4 points every 3,000 miles
Tyre pressuresF. 28; R. 24 p.s.i. all conditions

Cost (when new)

£883 15s 0d (Source: Motor 1968)

1972 Austin 1100 Mk III

Let’s take a cruise down memory lane to September 1971 when the Austin 1100 MkIII hit the streets like a groovy sensation. Picture this: a facelift that turned heads with a revamped grille, a dashboard that screamed modern, and some secret sauce labeled “improved.” It was the grand finale, the pièce de résistance, marking the last hurrah for the ADO16 before waving goodbye in June 1974.

Fast forward to October 2023, where Nathaniel enters the scene, making a savvy move that’s more than just a car purchase – it’s a strategic dance with affordability. Why opt for a Vauxhall Corsa when the Austin is not only cooler but also easier on the wallet in terms of both buying and insuring?

But Nathaniel isn’t content with just being a passenger in this vintage adventure. Oh no! Since snagging the keys, he’s transformed his four-wheeled time traveler into a roadworthy dream. There’s been a symphony of repairs – rear wheel arches, subframe mounting points, and door bottoms got the VIP treatment. And as if that wasn’t enough, a mechanical refresh ensued – a new steering rack, a hydrolastic suspension boost, a carburettor makeover, and an electronic ignition to add some sizzle.

This classic cruiser doesn’t shy away from the elements. Nathaniel proudly showcases it in all seasons, snowflakes included – just check out the gallery for proof! With a grin on his face and the engine purring, he’s racked up a smooth 3,500 miles and counting.

What’s next, you ask? Well, future plans involve a respray, but Nathaniel’s got his eye on the weather report. No snow on the horizon? That’s when the magic happens. Stay tuned for the next chapter in Nathaniel’s classic car chronicle, where every mile is a journey through time and every upgrade is a nod to the spirit of the road.

Detailed specification

Engine
Cylinders4 in-line
Bore64.58mm. (2.543in.)
Stroke8373mm. (3.2in.)
Displacement1,098cc (67 cu. in.)
Valve gearOverhead, pushrods and rockers
Compression ratio8.5:1
CarburettorsHS2
Fuel pumpS.U. Electric
Oil filterFull flow, renewable element
Max. power48 b.h.p. at 5,100 r.p.m.
Max. torque60 lb. ft. at 2,500 r.p.m.
Transmission
ClutchBorg and Beck s.d.p. diaphragm spring
GearboxFour speed syncromesh
Final driveHelical spur gears, 4.13 to 1
Chasis
ConstructionIntegral with steel body
Suspension
FrontIndependent by unequal length wishbones and Hydrolastic displacers connected front to rear
RearIndependent by trailing arms and Hydrolastic displlacers.
SteeringCam gears, rack and pinion.
Brakes
TypeLockheed hydraulic, discs front, drums rear
DimensionsF. 8.4in. dia. discs. R 8in. dia. drums. 1.25in. wide shoes
Friction areasFront: 18.6 sq. in. of lining operating on 148 sq. in. of disc/drum
Rear: 38.4 sq. in. of lining operating on 63 sq. in. of disc/drum
Wheels
TypePressed steel. 4in. wide rim
Tyres5.50-12 cross-ply tyres

Cost (when new)

£805.63 (Source: Autocar 1971)