Some photos taken during the Allegro’s development…
Harris Mann sketch shows, perhaps, how it was always meant to be: the car here is sleek, characterful and good looking
Before ADO67 became a fully-fledged project, this facelifed ADO16 was investigated. There was a revised Hydrolastic suspension system under development for ADO16, but this was cancelled by the Leyland management after the takeover of 1968. This car would have clothed the revised mechanicals
Different frontal treatments were investigated for ADO67 – the left-hand option was abandoned infavour of that on the right. Would the quad-headlight arrangement have worked better? You decide…
|Alternative frontal treatment for the Allegro GT model. Did the 1750 version (with a single carb) deserve the “GT” badge? Austin obviously thought not
||The grille on this 1970 mock-up was solid because the intention was for the Allegro to have its radiator side mounted, like the Mini and ADO16
The most infamous item from the Series 1 Allegro was the Quartic steering wheel: George Turnbull insisted that this David Bache creation should be added to the new small Austin (as drawn by Paul Hughes)
Full-size clay model from 1969 shows how the two- and four-door versions would look
The finished article
This is ADO68/67, an Allegro-based coupe proposal produced for project Condor in 1970
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