Lot 268 - 1978 Austin Allegro 1100 DL
|Odometer reading||60,930 miles|
|Result||Sold - £1,792|
The Austin Allegro is a small family car that was manufactured by the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland from 1973 until 1982. In total, 642,350 Austin Allegros were produced during its ten year production life, most of which were sold on the home market. The Allegro used front-wheel drive and the familiar A-Series engine with a sump-mounted transmission. The two-box saloon bodyshell was suspended using the new Hydragas system. Stylistically, it went against the sharp edged styling cues that were becoming fashionable (largely led by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro), and featured rounded panel work. The original styling proposal, by Harris Mann, had the same sleek, wedge-like shape of the Princess, but because British Leyland management, keen to control costs, wanted to install the existing E-Series engine and bulky heating system from the Marina. It became impossible to incorporate the low bonnet line as envisaged and the bodyshell began to look more and more bloated and tubby. This was acceptable to British Leyland, according to Jeff Daniels' book British Leyland, The Truth About The Cars, published in 1980, they wanted to follow the Citroën approach of combining advanced technology with styling that eschewed mainstream trends thus creating long-lasting 'timeless' models. Its unfashionable shape was therefore not a problem to them. The final car bore little resemblance to Mann's original concept that had originally been conceived as an 1100/1300 re-skin. This, as well as British Leyland's faith in it as a model would help turn the company around.
Originally registered in March of 1978, this Allegro presents well in its correct period colour of light green and is complemented by a dark interior. The vendor describes the condition of this car as good, with little or no corrosion. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until September 2018. Once common place on British roads it is rare to see an Austin Allegro these days, this example represents an ideal opportunity to enter the classic car world and is offered for sale without reserve.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.