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

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IN 1967 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, IMV (Industrija Motornih Vozil – Industry of Motor Vehicles) signed a cooperation licence with BMC to assemble CKD Austin 1300s (ADO16). Car assembly started with the Austin 1300 Saloon super de luxe. This was followed in 1970 with production of the Austin 1000, Mini and also the Austin 1500 Maxi.

In 1971, the Austin 1750 Maxi was briefly produced, followed in 1972 by the Austin 1300 Special. In the meantime, IMV signed a new co-operation agreement with Renault in 1972, which effectively saw the end of the manufacture of Austin cars at IMV.

Production data (according to the BPMV, the then Yugoslav equivalent of the SMMT):

Car Specification Years of production Numbers produced
Austin IMV 1300 Saloon Super de Luxe 1275cc, 53bhp at 5250rpm 1969
Austin IMV 1300 Special 1275cc, 65bhp at 5000rpm 1972 485
Austin IMV 1000 Mini 998cc, 34bhp at 5250rpm 1970
Austin IMV 1500 Maxi 1485cc, 74bhp at 5500rpm 1970
Austin IMV 1750 Maxi 1748cc, 72bhp at 5000rpm 1971

There is no evidence of any data that says that Austin cars were produced until 1976, as was previously believed – production stopped in 1972.

Information supplied by Andrew Rozeik

Keith Adams

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  1. Gregor.TM says:

    my name is Gregor and i am from Slovenia. i used to live in Novo mesto opposite from IMV factory where were assembled austin 1300 and partaly Minis etc.
    i have some more info and photos from the IMV factory and Austin 1300.
    if you wish i can share them with you.
    best regards,

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