Rare panel snapped up by ado16 panel project for remanufacture

As a continuation of the ado16.info panel project, a rare Mark I, 2-door rear wing has been purchased for the benefit of overseas members.

In 2017 ado16.info used crowd funding to procure an ADO16 body shell and other panels. This has been used by Classic Sheetmetal Limited of Birmingham, UK with whom a very close working relationship has been established. Bespoke repair sections are now being produced and shipped to owners around the world.

One particular ADO16 body configuration was never sold in the UK but various overseas markets did receive it – the 2-door version of the Mark I saloon, available in Austin, Morris and MG guise.

ado16.info has purchased an all important entire NOS rear wing section for this model. This will enable Classic Sheetmetal to produce left or right hand side sections as might be required for repair or restoration by owners of such models.

Orders for all ADO16 panels can be placed by contacting Chris at Classic Sheetmetal:


+44 (0) 7980 00 23 65

Exclusive to paid-up members of the ado16.info club is a very generous 10 per cent discount.

Renewal reminders: You said, we did!

renewal reminders

Renewal reminders have been one of things we’ve received the most feedback on since we moved across to our new platform.

In the background we’ve been working with our membership software provider to come up with a simple solution. 

… introducing renewal reminders!

In future you’ll receive an email 30 days before your membership is due to expire, inviting you to renew. If you don’t reply, we’ll send one further remind on your date of expiry. 

Can I keep a check of my expiry date any other way?

Yes, you can also check the status of your membership at any time by logging into your account, and scrolling down to the summary box on members homepage. Visiting this page will show key information, such as your username, and membership expiry date. 

We really hope that you find this change useful, and please do continue to give us the feedback! 

ado16.info in partnership with Registro Storico Innocenti

Following our recent Facebook coverage of the Innocenti range, we have been in discussion with Mirco, the President of the Registro Storico Innocenti (the Innocenti Historical Register)…

…we are delighted to announce a new partnership between our two clubs – Mirco recognises that our two clubs have very similar aims and clearly with there being an Innocenti version of the ADO16 we have a very common interest.

“Creating links and partnering with clubs in other countries shows the how classic car scene is evolving” – David, ado16.info Chairman.

We are still in the process of transferring across to our new website platform but in time we will be expanding the Innocenti section whilst also referring Italian interest to the wonderful Registro Storico Innocenti website: http://www.registroinnocenti.org

Equally, ado16.info is looking forward to providing all manner of support to not just Italian Innocenti ADO16 owners but also the many non-Innocenti ADO16 models in Italy.

Almost half of the ado16.info club members are outside of the UK and we are very proud to be continually providing extensive support and advice, and also spare parts, not to mention enthusiasm to ADO16 owners in every continent across the whole globe.

innocenti factory

We’re off to the NEC this November, will you be joining us?


Visitors were treated to a warm welcome on the ado16.info stand last year – we’re hoping to make the experience even better this year!

We’re delighted to announce that we have again been invited to display at the LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY at The NEC Birmingham. 

This year the event is being held on Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018.

We have already begun to discuss possibilities for our stand but would love to hear from any club members who also have ideas or would simply like to be involved with helping.

Nearer the time we’ll be able to provide more details, including what you can expect to see on our stand.

In the meantime you can find out more about the biggest Classic Motor Show by visiting their page

You can find out where we’re going to be next – by viewing our events page

Wondering where your latest newsletter is?

As part of the requirements under GDPR we wrote out to all members asking them to update their contact preferences. If you didn’t update your contact preferences or you selected not to receive e-mails from us, then from June you’ll no longer receive an email notification to let you know each time we have a magazine or newsletter available. But don’t panic, you can still login to the website to access both publications.

June newsletter

Where can I get the latest newsletter?

Simple, click this link – login, and hey presto!

I want to start receiving notifications again

We’d love to keep you informed, and want to have you back on our mailing list. Please take a moment to login to your profile, and update your details. (There’s a handy button below to do this). 

Did you really need to do this?

Whilst the rules around GDPR are clear, we didn’t need to seek retrospective permission to send you newsletter/magazine notifications but we became aware during the our review of the new principles that our data protection protection statement didn’t tell you why we needed the information (i.e in order to process your membership, and send you notifications), so we saw this as an opportunity to make sure you were fully informed, and give you the option to decide how you wanted us to contact us. 

Isn’t there a Connaught out soon?

Yes there is, we delayed the publication this time to make sure as many people as possible had updated their mailing preferences so they didn’t miss out on the bi-monthly round up of ADO16 news. 

To ensure you get the notification, please make sure you amend your contact preferences today! 

Update your details

SSL certification making your community even safer!

SSL or Secure Sockets Layer has landed here at ado16.info. 

With the adoption of SSL there are three main security principles we will now all benefit from;

  • Encryption: protect data transmissions (e.g. browser to server, server to server, application to server, etc.)
  • Authentication: ensure the server you’re connected to is actually the correct server.
  • Data integrity: ensure that the data that is requested or submitted is what is actually delivered.

You’ll note that you’ve already been “forced” to use the secured website address (https://www.ado16.info), and this same pattern will continue across the site. 

What do I need to do?

No action is required on your part – the transition from a traditional website to an SSL website is all handled at server level, you can just sit back, relax – safe in the knowledge that you’re really visiting the website you anticipated viewing! 

How do I know I’m viewing the SSL version of the website?

Simple, just look for the padlock symbol next to the website address – it’ll look something like this:

ado16.info SSL

The law is changing GDPR, and we need your help!

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect on 25th May 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we written out to all of our members to ask for confirmation that you would like to receive email notifications from us.

25th May 2018 sees the introduction of GDPR

We hope that our notifications are useful to you. If you’d like to continue hearing from us, please update your contact preferences as soon as possible (we’ve included a handy button at the end of this post to make this easy for you!).

If you have not told us by the 25th May 2018, you’ll no longer receive email notifications from us (that includes your monthly newsletter!).

Don’t delay – update your details today!

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In a ground breaking move, ado16.info has launched two levels of membership – Paid and Free
David, Club Chairman

Free Membership offers the opportunity be part of ado16.info, providing access to selected content of the website and from time to time a specially prepared Newsletter.

Paid Membership offers full membership of ado16.info and specifically provides:

  • ‘The Connaught’, the official bi-monthly PDF Magazine of ado16.info
  • A monthly newsletter
  • Exclusive discounts with a number of significant suppliers
  • Access to a dedicated members only section of the website, containing a vast archive of vehicle information including press photographs, brochures, and access to technical information

It costs only £10.00 per year to support the efforts of all those working for this international club.

To find more information, or to join – click here.

Panel project recognised as runner up in awards 2017

Our panel project has been recognised as a runner up in the Classic & Sports Car Club awards 2017, which is an amazing accolade for such a young club.

panel project

Some of the ado16.info team at the Classic & Sports Car Club Awards event.
From left to right:
Back row: David, Simon, Alan & Dawn.
Front row: Michael and Chris

Classic & Sports Car said the following in it’s on-line write up of the event:

“2017 was also marked by a number of fantastic club initiatives, many of which focused on safeguarding the future of our classics. The members of ado.16.info launched a crowd-funding scheme in order to purchase a bodyshell and other panels so that they can have other panels remanufactured, but the award ultimately went to the Ginetta Owners’ Club…”

Whilst the team were disappointed not to pick up the award, we are very proud to be recognised – and thank all of members and contributors who brought the project very much to life. 

FBHVC membership beckons for ado16.info!

We all know the ADO16 originated in the UK and today the country enjoys an enormous classic car movement which conservative estimates put at being worth £4.3 billion to the UK economy; that’s highly significant for us ADO16 enthusiasts especially as many of the components on our cars were common to other models.

The UK classic car movement is represented by the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), they liaise with owners’ clubs, and manufacturers of parts and represent both owners and the industry at UK governmental level – they also have relations with federations in other countries and so for all of these reasons ado16.info has become a member of the FBHVC.

FBHVC logo

From time to time the FBHVC newsletter has articles of important general car interest which if appropriate we will share with you, our members via “The Connaught”.

This is a huge step for a Car Club in it’s infancy, but we hope that this is a clear demonstration of ado16.info’s commitment to it’s community, and we look forward to being part of this worldwide organisation.