Supermini projects : ADO88/LC8 drawings

Metro uncovered

The design concept as it makes its way to customer clinic testing

The design concept as it makes its way to customer clinic testing

A fascinating find uncovered recently on the AR forums – engineering drawings of the ADO88 and LC8 projects… The differences between the original car and the pre-launch facelift are clear to see – and the fact that these drawings of the ADO88 were produced at all clearly shows just how close to production it was…

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ADO88 technical drawings

The ADO88 so nearly made it into production – and would have been BL’s bargain basement supermini campaigner. Until a last minute change of heart…

As can be seen from these images, the engineering drawings were so detailed that it must have been weeks away from having the tooling built up.

We’ve seen plenty of images of the ADO88 elsewhere, and wonder who it would have fared against the opposition – would it have been more, or less, of a success than the LC8 Metro?


LC8 technical drawings

The facelifted ADO88, which emerged as the Metro, looks a much more substantial car for its revamp, but as can be seen from the images below (and above) although lots of sheet metal changes were required for the metamorphosis, the underpinnings were left pretty much untouched.

Keith Adams

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  1. Dave Dawson says:

    I know the Metro’s tailgate was relatively steep for its day but the ADO88’s was even more so. Another example of ‘ahead of its time thinking’.

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