Morris Marina/Ital : The Austins

The car known in the UK as the Morris Marina was sold as the Austin Marina in a number of overseas markets, including the US, Canada and South Africa.


USA

1973 Austin Marinas.

1973 Austin Marinas.

1974 Austin Marinas.

1974 Austin Marinas.

1974 Austin Marina coupe

1974 Austin Marina coupe


Canada

Austin Marina GT. The brochure spoke of its "race-proved 1798cc MGB power plant", and its ability to reach 50mph in just 9.5 seconds...

Austin Marina GT. The brochure spoke of its “race-proved 1798cc MGB power plant”, and its ability to reach 50mph in just 9.5 seconds…

1973 Austin Marinas. Modifications for the Canadian climate included "an extra heavy-duty battery and alternator, a pre-engaged starter and a ballasted ignition system".

1973 Austin Marinas. Modifications for the Canadian climate included “an extra heavy-duty battery and alternator, a pre-engaged starter and a ballasted ignition system”.


South Africa

The 4-cylinder, 1748cc Austin Marina 1750/4

The 4-cylinder, 1748cc Austin Marina 1750/4

The 6-cylinder, 2623cc Austin Marina 6

The 6-cylinder, 2623cc Austin Marina 6


South African Marina brochure


Marina brochure supplied by John Shepherd

Keith Adams

About the Author:

Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007. Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

3 Comments on "Morris Marina/Ital : The Austins"

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  1. Hilton D says:

    A Marina 2600 in South Africa… now there’s a thing! Never knew that. Thanks for another great archive nostalgia feature & photos – that’s what makes this site so interesting.

    • Alan says:

      After the Australian plnt shut in 1974 the tooling for the Marina red six developed in Australian was sent to South Africa. All Australian Marinas used the E engine to meet emission requirements

  2. Tracy Collins says:

    Marina 1750? With the Maxi engine? Why on earth did BL faff around with so many different engines if they all fitted each car? Too many models in the same sectors, and too many duff decisions. If only I’d have been there…!

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