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Austin Allegro Mk I

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Austin Allegro (Mk I). 1973–5 (prod. 642,350 incl. Allegro 2 and 3). 2- and 4-door saloon. F/F, 1098, 1275 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1485, 1748 cm³ (I4 OHC). Podgy, undesirable replacement for successful 1100 and 1300 (ADO16), often mocked as worst car made by BL. Compromises in design process led to bloated appearance. Dynamically, no improvement on its predecessor. Quartic steering wheel meant to be high-tech, came to represent the car’s ills—the item was criticized and BL reneged on its promise to remove it for launch. Still sold well in some countries at first due to value. No hatchback, despite appearance.


Manufacturing location: Longbridge, England

Marque: Austin | Model: Austin Allegro | Predecessors: Austin 1100, 1300 Mk III, Wolseley 1100, 1300 Mk II | Successor: Austin Allegro 2





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