BMC 1800/2200 (ADO17)

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Following on from the Mini and 1100/1300 range, the Alec Issigonis-designed 1800/2200 (or ADO17) models were designed in pretty much the same way – transverse front engines, front-wheel drive, and acres of interior room in relation to their compact external dimensions.

Big and ungainly it may have looked, and it struggled to capture the imagination of the car buyers of the 1960s, but there’s no doubting the 1800/2200 was one of the most advanced cars in its class. And now read the whole story…

The cars : BMC 1800/2200 development history

The cars : BMC 1800/2200 development history

Big and ungainly it may have looked, and it struggled to capture the imagination of the car buyers of the 1960s, but there’s no doubting the 1800/2200 was one of the most advanced cars in its class. However, it has now matured to the point that we can look beyond those early issues, and marvel […]

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

The final flowering of the Issigonis range, the 1800 was a large-scale Mini that failed to set the world alight. Yet these capable cars are readily affordable today. Ian Seabrook tells you what you need to know. First published in Classic Car Weekly. Availability Years produced: 1964-1975 Body style: 4-door saloon Engine options: 1798cc B-Series inline-four […]

Car of the Month : September 2015 – Chris Chantrell’s Austin 1800

Car of the Month : September 2015 – Chris Chantrell’s Austin 1800

Here it is, AROnline’s latest Car of the Month. But hang on, we hear you say, all there is to see in the picture below is an empty patch in a slightly overgrown garden… …if you want to find out why, you’ll need to read on. Words: Alexander Boucke Photography: Chris Chantrell Re(u)sting place Back in November 2013, […]

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

The origins of ADO17 can be traced back to XC9000, the first in a series of designs produced by Alec Issigonis in 1956, following his return to BMC from Alvis. The rear-wheel-drive XC9000 prototype was developed into the front-wheel-drive XC9001, before the project was shelved in response to the Suez Crisis. The XC9001 design was […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

The Austin 1800, generally known as the Landcrab, celebrated its 50th birthday in style. The call for them to attend was heard and over 50 assembled in front of the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. Held for the second time in 2014, the BMC and Leyland Show proved to be an excellent day out – and not only for Landcrab […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Ahead of its time This brilliant Pininfarina styling exercise was never considered for production. The running gear was pure BMC 1800, but the style was utterly unique for 1967. This BMC-Pininfarina 1800 predates the Citroën CX by seven years – one wonders how BMC may have fared had they the courage to put this beauty […]

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Woodall Nicholson 1800/2200

Woodall Nicholson 1800/2200

Woodall Nicholson produced this curious-looking stretched Landcrab, along with a far more elegant hearse… THIS Austin 2200-based limousine, which had clearly seen better days, appeared on eBay at least twice during 2002/2003. All we know about it at the moment is that it was a Woodall Nicholson conversion, and that there may also have been […]

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Also known as : BMC 1800/2200

Also known as : BMC 1800/2200

In this gallery, we take a look at some of the names used to sell various versions of the BMC 1800/2200 in overseas markets… Austin Balanza Home market name: based on Austin 1800 This name (meaning balance) was used on MkI Austin 1800s sold in the Netherlands and Belgium. While it is thought to have […]

Gallery : Those doors

Gallery : Those doors

When the ADO17 was launched as the Austin 1800 in 1964, few people can have imagined that one of its defining features – its doors – would later appear on a series of cars ranging from a 1.5-litre family hatchback to a 3-litre executive saloon. But the story doesn’t end there. As well as being […]

BMC 1800/2200 : Austin 1800 Wagon

BMC 1800/2200 : Austin 1800 Wagon

We know that BMC investigated expanded the 1800 into van, hatchback and estate versions, but never got much further than the drawing board. However, one interprising individual in Australia went ahead and built his own. Here’s the story of the fascinating Austin 1800 Wagon… A new rear is hatched IT’S often been said that the […]

BMC 1800/2200 : MG version

BMC 1800/2200 : MG version

When badge-engineering was at its height, BMC’s middle-market cars played host to a myriad of marque names. The ADO16 and Farina saloons were the most numerous, as they were offered in Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley, Riley and Vanden Plas versions. The larger ADO17’s shape never really lent itself well to this re-grilling, but it was […]

BMC 1800/2200 : Crayford Estate

BMC 1800/2200 : Crayford Estate

Alongside their trademark convertibles, Crayford were beginning to produce “estate car” conversions in the 1960s, the more apposite term “hatchback” not really having been coined at this stage. The Crayford 1800 Estate offered up to 100 cu ft of load space, and could be ordered as a full conversion (seen here) for £180, or without […]

BMC 1800/2200 : Commercial derivatives

BMC 1800/2200 : Commercial derivatives

With its long wheelbase and front-wheel drive layout, the 1800 would have made the ideal starting point for a range of commercial derivatives. Sadly, only the Australians saw fit to put such a vehicle into production… Van proposal Austin 1800 Utility You could also look at No related posts.

BMC 1800/2200 : Austin Freeway

BMC 1800/2200 : Austin Freeway

The ADO17 was a popular car in New Zealand – although the Freeway moniker it received is little known. Here are some pictures forwarded from site regular Marius Van Boven, taken from an online classified advert. If you know more, please get in touch. Download the original For Sale article (PDF file). You could also […]

BMC 1800/2200 : Also known as

BMC 1800/2200 : Also known as

In this gallery, we take a look at some of the names used to sell various versions of the BMC 1800/2200 in overseas markets… Austin Balanza Home market name: based on Austin 1800 This name (meaning balance) was used on MkI Austin 1800s sold in the Netherlands and Belgium. While it is thought to have […]

X6-based : Vanden Plas 1800

X6-based : Vanden Plas 1800

Vanden Plas produced a variety of prototypes based on BMC/Leyland models. One of these used the Austin X6 as its donor car. You could also look at In-house designs : Vanden Plas BMC Overseas : Austin X6/Kimberley Tested : Austin Tasman/Kimberley YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by

Tested : Austin Tasman/Kimberley

Tested : Austin Tasman/Kimberley

This excellent article comes from the Australian publication, Australian Motor Sports and Automobiles, December 1970. NEW AUSTIN AUSSIE SIX With very Australian names, how can the new BLMC six-cylinder car fail? Its advance specification and increased performance should win over plenty of traditional “big three” buyers. THIS is it, BLMC’s latest attempt at climbimg aboard […]

BMC Overseas : Austin X6/Kimberley

BMC Overseas : Austin X6/Kimberley

These Antipodean specials were based on the ADO17 (note the doors), but were treated to unique front and rear styling. It could be said that the Kimberley and Tasman look rather like the four-door Maxi that was never put into production, but any attempt to dress-up the design failed, in truth. The car was phased […]

In-house designs : Vanden Plas

In-house designs : Vanden Plas

Vanden Plas prototypes The coachbuilding firm of Vanden Plas had been purchsed by Austin in 1946, and thus became part of the BMC empire that was created by the merger of Austin and Morris in 1952. Until the end of the 1950s, the factory at Kingsbury in north-west London was chiefly used for the production […]