Part of a three-pronged attack on the medium car sector, the LM11 was to be BL’s new mid-sized saloon, based heavily on the upcomng LM10 (nee LC10).
LM11 was originally planned to sit closer to the LM10, performing a similar role to the hatchback that the VW Jetta does to the Golf, or the Orion to the Escort. As can be seen from the images below, the LM11 grew to become a true Cavalier/Sierra rival – and did so in a rather clever way..
LM11 styling models
As can be seen from this model, the LM11 saloon started off as a notchback LM10 – and although it’s not an unpleasant design, it would have had a more limited market appeal than the car than finally hit the shelves in 1984…
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