MORRIS MARINA 1.3 From £1,616
This is the lowest-priced in a range of cars including coupes, saloons and station wagons with engines of 1.3 and 1.8 litres which were planned to be simple and easy to service. The popular 1.3-litre Marinas continue in two and four-door form, but they bristle with detail modifications. In line with all Marinas, there is modified steering for quicker response, and suspension improvements have been incorporated over the last few months. The torsion bar front suspension is an up-rated version of that on the affectionately remembered Morris Minor. Drum brakes are standard equipment on the 1.3, but front discs are among the options. The 1.3-litre Marinas are lively cars but light on fuel, and they are available with the new-type Borg-Warner 65 automatic transmission as an option to the standard equipment four-speed manual gearbox. Engines are front-mounted and drive the rear wheels through a live axle.
MORRIS MARINA ESTATE £2,079
The good-looking Marina Estate continues unchanged for 1976, the power-unit being the well-proven 1798 cc four-cylinder motor which is basically similar to the MGB. The commodious body has a floor length of 152 cm when the rear seat is folded, and room for stacks of luggage even when the seat is erect. Having heavier-duty springs than the Marina saloons, the Estate isn't fitted with the front and rear suspension anti-roll bars that have been adopted for 1976. Steering is accurate rack and pinion. It does however have the new one-piece moulded facia which is a feature of all 1976 Marinas. Child-proof locks, door mirror and even a tachometer are standard. Reclining front seats, heated rear window and reversing lights are available at extra cost. An interior light goes on when the tailgate is lifted and a moulded plastic cover conceals spare wheel and tools.
MORRIS MARINA GT & HL Prices to be announced
The Marina GT is a new two-door sporting model for 1976, powered by the twin-carburettor version of the 1.8-litre engine, and featuring matt black wipers, outside mirrors, and body sills. The latter have chromium strips for embellishment, and the body-sides have double black coachlines. Like all 1976 Marinas (Estate excepted) the GT has suspension anti-roll bars front and rear. The four-door H-L has the same engine specification, new grille and wheeltrims, but a less-sporting paint job. New-type moulded facia panels are fitted to both models.
MORRIS 1800 £1,581
Given a new interior a year or so ago with deep pile carpets, revised door fittings, central handbrake, the 1800, sold under both Austin and Morris names, remains the obvious choice for buyers who want the biggest possible body space with reasonable running costs. Experience with the smaller Maxi has produced a more precise gearshift. The transverse engine and front wheel drive leave most of the car's length for passengers and luggage.