Sunday, 22 July 2012

1965, Cars: Car of the Year: Austin 1800 (BMC ADO17)

The Austin 1800 won the Car of the year award in 1965 with 78 points. Second was the Autobianchi Primula with 51 points and third the Ford Mustang with 18 points.

BMC ADO17 was the model code used by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) for a range of cars produced from September 1964 to 1975 and sold initially under its Austin marque as the Austin 1800. The car was also sold as the Morris 1800 and Wolseley 18/85, and later as the Austin 2200, Morris 2200 and Wolseley Six. Both Alec Issigonis and Pininfarina worked on its exterior design.
Austin 1800 Mk I
Austin 1800 Mk I
Austin 1800 Mk II
Austin 1800 Mk II
Front wheel drive and transverse engine was a BMH trademark in the ‘60s, following the celebrated Mini tradition. Independent suspension all round, with Hydrolastic compounds. 4-speed manual gearbox or auto 3-speed transmission. OHV 1.8 4-cylinder engine: 87 hp.
Morris 1800 Mk III
Some 386,811 units were build during three generations from 1964 to 1975.
Second Place: Autobianchi Primula
Third Place: Ford Mustang

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