Lot 124 - 1973 Austin 1300 GT Mk. III
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
- Recent full engine rebuild
- Rare and desirable 1300 GT
In 1962, a quite revolutionary new saloon was launched by BMC at the same time as the brand new MGB. Initially wearing the Morris badge, ADO16 was hot from the drawing boards of Alec Issigonis and Pininfarina. Offered in many guises by Innocenti, Morris, Riley, Wolseley, Vanden Plas and Austin, the AD016 was truly universal in its appeal. In line with BMC's policy at the time, Austin-badged versions of the ADO16 were built at Longbridge, whilst Morris and MG versions were assembled at Cowley. However, some were also built in Spain by Authi, in Italy by Innocenti and at the company's own plant in Belgium.
At the London Motor Show in October 1969 the manufacturers introduced the Austin / Morris 1300 GT, featuring the same 1275cc twin carburetter engine as that installed in the MG 1300, but with a black full width grill, a black vinyl roof and a thick black metal strip along the swage line. This was BMC's answer to the Ford Escort GT and its Vauxhall counterpart. Ride height on the Austin / Morris 1300 GT was fractionally lowered through the reduction of the Hydrolastic fluid pressure from 225 to 205 psi.
This stunning 1300GT has enjoyed many years of careful ownership including an older restoration; however it also benefits from a recent fully rebuilt engine and thus presents as a fabulous example in Glacier white paintwork with navy blue trim. The car is supplied with the Heritage Certificate confirming it was built on 22nd March 1971 and delivered to Stringer Motors Limited, Brighton on 24th March 1971. This original UK supplied example of the desirable 1300 GT is also accompanied by invoices and an MoT test certificate valid until November 2018 together with a user handbook. A desirable model in lovely condition throughout offered at no 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.