AUSTIN & MORRIS 1100 & 1300
1100: from £769 (incl. P.T.)
1300: from £823 (incl. P.T.)
The Morris 1100 with its transverse four-cylinder engine, front wheel drive and Hydrolastic suspension caused a furore when it was first introduced in September 1963. Since then it has also adopted Austin, MG, and Wolseley badges (and Riley, until the marque's demise earlier this year), and has its engine increased to 1300 c.c. in a supplementary model. The combined 1100 / 1300 Issigonis - designed Austin-Morris range is still Britain's best-selling saloon, and there is choice of two or four-door bodywork. Great attention has been paid to seat shape for maximum comfort.
AUSTIN & MORRIS 1300 GT. £957 (incl. P.T.)
With special paint job, wheel trims, souped engine and what else, the Austin/Morris 1300 GT looks lively, and it is. By raising the compression ratio to 9.75:1 (as compared to the standard 1300's 8.8:1), the 1275 c.c. Austin-Morris transverse engine has been given a plus of 12 brake horsepower. Its 70 h.p. output lifts maximum speed to almost 95 m.p.h., and the acceleration is very spirited. Just the model for the family driver who wants four doors, reasonable luggage accommodation, front - drive, Hydrolastic suspension, and eye-catching looks. The 1300 GT is light on fuel.
1500: £1,018 (incl. P.T.)
1750: £1,103 (incl. P.T.)
Austin's controversial five-door, five-speed estate/saloon is made in two forms for 1971 with the as-introduced 1485 c.c. engine, and with an enlarged unit of 1748 c.c. The new unit, manufactured in British Leyland's advanced automated plant at Cofton Hackett, has been designed to develop greater torque, rather than a bonus of 'top-end' power. Consequently the 1750 has much more steam. Both 1500 and 1750 have new facias, revised trim, and drive systems. The large rear door and many permutations of seat position make this an adaptable vehicle for the family.
AUSTIN AND MORRIS 1800
£1,121 (incl. P.T.)
'S': £1,182 (incl. P.T.)
Designed by Issigonis from the outset as a four-door saloon of exceptional interior roominess, the Austin and Morris 1800 has front wheel drive, transverse four-cylinder engine, and all-independent Hydrolastic suspension in which water and alcohol are used as the springing medium. The rather square-cut body is one of the stiffest in the business, and in spite of its 'family' design, the 1800 will corner with almost sports car sprightliness. Both Austin and Morris 'S' versions with twin carburettors, raised compression, and increased power-output, will nudge 100 m.p.h.
SALOON £1,745 (incl. P.T.)
Austin's largest car, the 3-Litre uses an in-line six-cylinder engine which was expressly designed for this four-door saloon, and for the now end of prod. MGC sports car. Although the engine is mounted 'north/south', and although the spacious model has rear wheel drive, the unitary body is in fact identical to the Austin/ Morris/Wolseley 1800 transverse-engined front wheel drive saloons. Like the front-drive cars the 3-litre uses Hydrolastic suspension, and is automatically self-levelling at the rear. Not the fastest in the world, but smooth, with a vast passenger and luggage capacity.