Lot 230 - 1980 Morris 575 Pick-up
|Odometer reading||57,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
The Morris Marina has had a bad press over the years. Much of the criticism has been justified, but the vast majority of its 807,000 British customers got along with it just fine, liking the honest design and simple engineering. British Leyland had reserved the Austin brand for their avant-garde range of vehicles like the Allegro and Princess, its more straightforward models being earmarked for Morris badges. Codenamed ADO 28, the new car was to be aimed squarely at competition from the Ford Escort and Vauxhall Viva. Destined to use a new E-Series engine that never came to fruition, in the end it was fitted with the well proven A- and B-Series engines, in 1.3 or 1.8 capacities. Within 11 months of its 1971 introduction the badly overcrowded Cowley factory had built its 100,000th Marina, a nightshift having been employed to meet demand. Rarely out of the top-five UK best sellers and often vying for second place, it was replaced by the re-styled Ital which in turn was superseded by the all new front-wheel drive Montego.
In 1980, this 575 Pickup was featured on the Morris stand at motor shows across the UK, It was used to drive sales of the Morris pickup and to show the new dashboard, door cards and seats; all of which were eventually changed for the production model post 1980. An award winning example, this delightful pickup is presented in near perfect blue coachwork with tan trim and as you would expect from a multiple show winner, is better than it ever was when rolling off the Cowley production line. Having covered 57,000 miles from new and offered with a comprehensive history file which includes old MoT test certificates, photos of the car on show, V5 Registration document and a current MoT test certificate; this is a Morris enthusiast's dream find. Offered at no reserve, this Morris 575 Pickup is well worth viewing.
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