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Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Back in the late 1960s, when the influence of ex-Ford man, Roy Haynes, started to take hold, some very interesting design projects started to emerge from the Pressed Steel Fisher design studios in Cowley. The ADO68 was one such platform-sharing product.  Devised at the Pressed Steel Fisher styling studios in Cowley by Roy Haynes, this […]

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Outwardly, it looked like an Ital with a nicer-looking front bumper, but underneath, it sported a new chassis. The Huandu was built in Western China and proved fairly ubiquitous in its own part of the country… The following account was written for this site by Erik van Ingen Schenau, of the China Motor Vehicle Documentation […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Morris Ital

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Morris Ital

Mike Humble The Ital ran from 1980 to 1984 in saloon, estate and light commercial form. This is a Longbridge built SLX model. If there was ever a car in the Austin Morris line-up that epitomised everything that was crumbling around them, perhaps the Marina and Ital fits admirably. The Ital whined onto the scene […]

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Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

With the number of BMC>MGR cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ 10 most popular cars during the post-war years. Some of these numbers are going to shock you, simply because the cars are so rare on the road now. In fact, even the latest car on this list is now proving to be a rather unusual spot.

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Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Now widely seen as a joke car by the general public, who misunderstood the market it was aimed at, the Morris Marina sold well in comparison with its British Leyland stablemates. How successful was it, though, and how did it match up to expectations and its main competition? Ian Nicholls reveals all. The car that could be king […]

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In production : Cowley timeline

In production : Cowley timeline

EARLY last century, amidst the green meadows to the south of the dreaming spires of Oxford City, there was a village called Temple Cowley. In one corner of this village there was a large, dilapidated building that had once been a military college but was left empty for 20 years, until… 1912 to 1919 William […]

Blog : To think it’s less than 20 years ago…

Blog : To think it’s less than 20 years ago…

Keith Adams Reading through my back issues of CAR Magazine to research a feature about the Jaguar X300, I unearthed a brilliant piece that I’d forgotten all about. Back in 1994, TV journalist Michael Kirsch had trekked into the war zone of Bosnia-Herzegovina to extricate three locals who’d saved his life a year previously and […]

By 30 November 2013 10 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : The Minor that got away

Concepts and prototypes : The Minor that got away

Andrew Elphick dives into the archive and finds a forgotten ‘nearly’ entry into the World Sportscar Championship 36 years ago in 1977… Perhaps Porsche will never know how close it came to losing the 1977 world championship for makes. Unthinkable? Possibly, but one must remember that during the course of last season, most of the […]

Video : Morris Marina advert (1971)

Video : Morris Marina advert (1971)

Beauty with brains behind it… The Morris Marina was to be the bright white Knight of the recently created British Leyland Motor Corporation when it hit the market in 1971 – this advert did a great job of making it seem sexy enough to entice Britain’s hard-working sales reps. Would you think any manufacturer would […]

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eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital time-capsule for sale

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital time-capsule for sale

Keith Adams Never, ever underestimate the ability for our classic car market to turn up some amazing barn find cars. We recently told you about a Rover 200 with 12 miles on the clock which was up for sale and this Morris Ital will seem positively mileagey in comparison, having covered 300 miles – but, for those who […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Morris Marina and Ital

Essay : Not their finest hour – Morris Marina and Ital

We take another lighthearted look at some of the cars which will be forever remembered for all the wrong reasons. Mike Humble takes another journey back in time and recalls the car which should have put him off BL related products for life, but instead, got him hooked…. The Morris Marina and Ital. Practical classic, […]

By 17 February 2012 107 Comments Read More →
Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Ian Elliott In the recent thread about 2-litre Itals/Marinas, the subject of V8-engined Marinas was brought up. If I have rambled about this in any previous AROnline submission, I apologise, but here goes: Stuffing V8s into small, unsuspecting family cars is a long-practiced amusement of the hot-rodding fraternity, and the more unlikely the starting point, […]

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Police cars : Morris

Police cars : Morris

The Morris Minor was a very popular Panda car throughout the 1960s. Also shown here is what must be one of the rarest of police cars, the Morris 1800, which was sold for just seven months before being relauched as the Princess. Morris Minor A Metropolitan Police Force Morris Minor Panda car. A Morris Minor […]

By 25 September 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Commericials : GPO/BT vans

Commericials : GPO/BT vans

The installation and maintenance of Britain’s telephone network was originally the responsibility of the Post Office, and as with their purchases of Royal Mail vans, Morris (and later BMC) was traditionally the favoured supplier. This virtual stranglehold was broken in the 1970s, although BL/Austin Rover continued to supply vans during the 1980s, a decade which […]

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Marques : Morris

Morris vied with Austin to become one of Britain’s largest carmakers. It produced a number of iconic cars such as the ‘Bull Nose’ and the Issigonis created Minor before becoming a major part of the British Motor Corporation in 1952… IN the early part of the 20th century, among the green and pleasant meadows to […]

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The cars : Morris Marina/Ital development history

The cars : Morris Marina/Ital development history

Unashamedly created as Cowley’s Cortina, the Marina was to lead Morris – and more importantly, British Leyland – into a new decade of Ford bashing … However, it missed the bus in terms of size and engine range, and because there was no budget to replace it, the Marina remained in production for far too […]

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Also known as : Morris Marina

Also known as : Morris Marina

In this gallery, we take a look at some of the names used to sell various versions of the Morris Marina in overseas markets, plus one that didn’t quite make it… Of course, as those of you who have visited the BMC 1100/1300 page in this gallery will already know, the Marina featured here was […]

Engines : O-Series

Engines : O-Series

The O-Series was designed to act as the company’s mid-range engine mainstay for the late 1970s and beyond. If at first you don’t succeed… The formation of Austin-Morris from the ashes of BMC in 1969 allowed BLMC’s product planners to focus on the demands of the middle market, without worrying too much about the more […]

Engines : B-Series

Engines : B-Series

The B-Series engine started out as a humble 1.2-litre unit that powered the Austin A40 Devon. Over time, it was developed – and developed – and developed. Middle-market mainstay After the end of World War II, Austin and Morris continued to rely on pre-war engines for their mid-range family cars. Out of the two companies, […]

Concepts and prototypes : Morris Marina

Concepts and prototypes : Morris Marina

In 1967, Joe Edwards of BMH managed to secure the services of Roy Haynes from Ford as a stylist at the new BMH/Pressed Steel styling studios at Cowley in Oxford. Haynes had previously successfully styled the Ford Cortina MkII and he applied the style of this design to his new project, ADO28 – what was […]