Allegro 1750 SS
AUSTIN ALLEGRO SALOONS From £1,000
British Leyland's newcomer was introduced in May and is a stylish saloon model, with two or four doors, and a choice of engines from 1100 to 1750 c.c. The Hydragas suspension is all-independent and is an improved system developed from the Hydrolastic of the well-known 1100/1300 Austins, The Allegro has a transverse engine driving the front wheels, but is a larger car with greater interior and luggage space. The 1100 and 1300 models have four-speed gearboxes, while the 1500 and 1750 have five-speed boxes. Automatic transmission is optional on all but the 1100.
AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1750 S.S. £1,420
Top of the range Allegro, the 1750 Sports Special has a smart four-door body with vinyl roof covering, 80 b.h.p. transverse engine (from the Austin Maxi), and a five-speed gearbox as standard. Inside, the brushed nylon seats, deep carpets and sports instrumentation give it a special appeal. The 1750 also comes in two and four-door 'Sport' types, and there are five-speed 1500 models of Super and Special designation. The wheel-trims of the Sports Special are of plastic, although they look like light-alloy! The front grilles also are of rustless plastic.
AUSTIN MAXI HIGHLINE £1,459
Introduced last year, the Maxi Highline is a multi-purpose car with five doors and estate car attributes, but with its high-compression twin-carburettor engine it is sporty as well. Standard specification includes the 1748 c.c. version of the overhead camshaft Maxi motor, with a power-output of 95 b.h.p., and there is a manual five-speed gearbox. The H-L will transport your new wardrobe at almost 100 m.p.h. The 1750 single-carburettor Maxi automatic, and the standard 1500 and 1750 manual Maxis, both with five speed gearboxes, remain in production.
AUSTIN & MORRIS 1800 & 2200
1800: from £1,363
2200: from £1,535
The big front-drive saloon from the Austin-Morris plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, continues without change for 1974. In 1800 form the four-door five-seater is powered by a transverse four-cylinder engine, but the 2200 uses an overhead camshaft six, also set 'east-west' at the front. Both models have bodies of unusual internal capacity, and all are sprung by the Hydrolastic water/alcohol system. The six-cylinder 2200 will not only top 100 m.p.h., but displays notable flexibility and quiet running. Both the 1800 and 2200 models are available with automatic transmission.