1100/1300

The Mini started the transverse, front-wheel drive ball rolling, but it was the larger 1100 range that proved it could really work for small families. From its launch in 1962, pretty much to its death over a decade later, the pretty and capable ADO16 was a UK best-seller. Here’s all you need to know about it.

The cars : BMC 1100/1300 development history

The cars : BMC 1100/1300 development history

World beater So the Mini was launched, and the world had showered BMC with the acclaim that it so richly deserved, but in the months following the car’s arrival on the market, things were not all sweetness and light. Quite simply, fuel crisis or not, the Mini was not the car that the dealers wanted; […]

BMC 1100/1300 : Concepts and prototypes

BMC 1100/1300 : Concepts and prototypes

While the 1100 was an Issigonis concept from the outset, it took Italy’s Pininfarina to give the car its undeniable style. This page was contributed by Declan Berridge

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Events : LeMons racing in Austin Americas. Sane or not?

Events : LeMons racing in Austin Americas. Sane or not?

Peter Barratt and the Team United America Wrenchers had just two days to turn four barn find wrecks into at least one race car for the LeMons race in Houston. Words: Keith Adams, Photography: Murilee Martin The American wrenchers ‘Why Austin Americas? Because they were available, I love British cars and there is a madman […]

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Blog : Happy 50th, Austin 1100

Blog : Happy 50th, Austin 1100

Keith Adams The birthdays are coming thick and fast right now – but this one should really strike a chord with AROnline regulars. Fifty years ago, the Austin 1100 went on sale in the UK. Okay, so it might not have been the first flavour of ADO16 to hit the market – that honour went […]

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International variations : Austin Victoria Mk2

International variations : Austin Victoria Mk2

Could the Mk2 version have saved Authi? Victoria Mk2 article written by Graham Arnold with reference to messages contributed by members of the Spanish Authi chat forum Updated, 8 January 2013 For some time now there has been evidence, in particular on the Spanish Authi chat forum, that Mk2 versions of the Austin Victoria were […]

Concepts and prototypes : Innocenti IM3/I4/I5 facelift

Concepts and prototypes : Innocenti IM3/I4/I5 facelift

Keith Adams It’s often been said that Innocenti had the unswerving knack of being able to take a BMC car and make it look just a little bit more appealing. The Austin A40 transformed by the Italians into the fully hatchbacked Combinata, and the already pretty 1100/1300 was tweaked to become the better-looking and more […]

LEJoG in a Princess : back home and gallery

LEJoG in a Princess : back home and gallery

Words: Alexander Boucke, photographs: Alexander Boucke, Karin Lukaszewicz After leaving the big ADO16 meet in Gaydon with the trophy for the furthest travelled we spent another day in London before finally heading home. It was all plain sailing and rather relaxed – that starter motor seemingly felt threatened by the replacement in the boot and […]

Blog : Remember the 1100

Blog : Remember the 1100

Keith Adams So, there we are – the BMC 1100 has now passed the magic half century. And doesn’t it still look fantastic? I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say that in my humble opinion, the ADO16 remains the ultimate incarnation of the Issigonis vehicular template. Yes, the Mini sold more, […]

Events :  LEJoG in a Princess – Finish line

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – Finish line

Team AROnline made it to the finish. Better late than never… Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke Due to the mishap with the starter motor we only arrived at the 1100 Club’s annual rally on Sunday morning. We have had lots of offers for help including a free replacement starter from one of our French friends, […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day seven

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day seven

Today AROnline’s team should have reached Gaydon… Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke After watching the cavalcade of ADO16s drive past our B&B after a quite early start, we proceeded to have a good breakfast. Travelling with our children does require a little compromise, as it would seem quite unfair to them to simply usher them […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day six

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day six

AROnline’s team tries to include a little more holiday into their last full day… Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke After having to press on really hard during the last few days, we wanted a little bit more time to relax – and on paper this day looked like we were able to do so: a […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day four

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day four

AROnline‘s team reaches the finishing line. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke We’ve made it. Our wonderful little car is now parked outside the Seaview Hotel in John o’Groats. The drive through the Highlands, along the lochs and finally the North Sea shores has simply been fantastic. Every drop of rain we have had on the […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day three

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day three

More than 1200 miles from home our Princess and her passengers have reached Scotland. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke When the sun sets, we are still not in Scotland, still on the M6 fighting the hills around the Lake District with roughly 100 miles to go to our first nightly stop in Scotland, near Glasgow. […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day two

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day two

Today, the convoy was seen passing all those places that played more or less important roles in creating and building the ADO16. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke How can a day in the middle of summer be so cold and wet? When driving into Birmingham tonight after – again – battling heavy rain, we found […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day one

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – day one

Finally, our AROnline team’s adventure started officially when we were flagged off at Land’s End. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke Please excuse these grainy mobile phone pictures, but they are currently the only way I can show you the impression 13 ADO16s leave when lined up in front of the Land’s End hotel. The international […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – arrival at the starting line

Events : LEJoG in a Princess – arrival at the starting line

Karin, Alexander and the kids made it to the starting line. Words and Photographs: Alexander Boucke As we reached Sennen Cove, a sandy bay next to Land’s End today, more than 600 miles lie already behind us. So far everything went well, in particular regarding the car. The journey was split into two parts, the […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess, the preparations

Events : LEJoG in a Princess, the preparations

After the decision was made to tackle LEJoG in his partner Karin and his ADO16, Alexander finds some unexpected prep-work was needed. Words and Photography: Alexander Boucke Where to start? Faced with a wide choice of small to medium jobs that could or should be done on the Princess before we actually start the journey. […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess 1300

Events : LEJoG in a Princess 1300

Here at AROnline we love the ADO16 and long road trips – why not combine both? Alexander Boucke has some plans… As you will probably know the Morris 1100 was launched nearly 50 years ago, and to celebrate this, the 1100 Club will hold a big party at the National Rally, taking place at the […]

Unsung Heroes : BMC 1100/1300…

Unsung Heroes : BMC 1100/1300…

…or ADO16 to the aficionados For those, like me, who absolutely adore the BMC 1100/1300, it’s actually quite tough reconciling the fact that next month will mark the 50th birthday of this fabulous little car. Not because it doesn’t deserve a big party, and lots of emotional tributes – after all, the 1100/1300 is as […]

Around the world : Yugoslavia

Around the world : Yugoslavia

Final assembly of CKD Austin 1300s began at a plant in Novo Mesto during 1969, with the cars arriving from Longbridge almost complete; indeed, the chassis plates of these models identified them as having come from Longbridge Yugoslav 1100s IN 1967 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, IMV (Industrija Motornih Vozil – Industry of Motor Vehicles) signed […]

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Austin de Luxe

Austin de Luxe

The 1-litre ADO16 In 1974, just as the ADO16 was preparing to face its final curtain in the UK, Authi introduced a new 998cc version of the standard-bodied car, known simply as the Austin de Luxe. The specifications make interesting reading – with 55bhp on tap, it would have been likely to out-perform a standard […]

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