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Marques : Authi

Marques : Authi

BMC’s involvement in Spain came about as a result of the company’s desire to crack the market, despite its steep import tariffs. The way to circumvent these taxes was to produce locally. However, thanks to the Spanish government’s insistance on a very high local content, BMC set-up a production facilities to produce not only finished […]

International variations : Authi Victoria

International variations : Authi Victoria

The three-box ADO16, as restyled by Michelotti – it shared its basic body structure with the South African Austin Apache and, to this day, fans say that this car should have been launched in the UK to boost BL’s sales. But would it have been a success here in 1972? Sadly, we’ll never know. IN […]

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Minis are undoubtedly one of the big successes of BMC>ARG. Here we have a rather special one, painstakingly restored to original condition as it left the Authi-factory in Spain. This was much more involved than the owner and restorer, Matthias Boller, thought it would be when he started. Due to his determination we are able […]

The origins on NMQ and Authi

The origins on NMQ and Authi

Graham Arnold provides a fascinating account of how a one-man, nail-making workshop in a northern Spanish village grew into a prosperous iron and steel industry. It would one day play a key role in the formation of BMC’s Spanish arm, and would go on to become a public company trading on the Spanish stock exchange […]

Austin de Luxe

Austin de Luxe

The 1-litre ADO16 In 1974, just as the ADO16 was preparing to face its final curtain in the UK, Authi introduced a new 998cc version of the standard-bodied car, known simply as the Austin de Luxe. The specifications make interesting reading – with 55bhp on tap, it would have been likely to out-perform a standard […]

Authi ADO16s (pre-Victoria)

Authi ADO16s (pre-Victoria)

Prior to the launch of the Austin Victoria in 1972, Authi built a range of standard-bodied ADO16 models from 1966 onwards. Authi MG-S 1300 ALL good things travel well, including the ADO16. Because of tough restrictions on cars imported into Spain, BMC knew that the only way into this market was to set-up a local […]

Mini overseas : Spain

Mini overseas : Spain

The Costa Mini… As well as ADO16s, Authi also produced their version of the Mini for local consumption. As with its larger brother, the aim was to achieve 100 per cent local content, and as a result, the Minis that rolled out of Pamplona were very interesting indeed. The easy route to component supply in […]

Archive : Seat buys Leyland assembly plant in Spain for £8.8m

Archive : Seat buys Leyland assembly plant in Spain for £8.8m

Madrid, July 22 British Leyland today sold its Pamplona car assembly plant to. the Spanish company Seat for an agreed price of 1100m pesetas (about £8.8m). The sale includes a commitment on the part of Seat to employ the workers laid off in Pamplona earlier this year when Authi, BLMC’s Spanish subsidiary, ended production in […]

Archive : British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain

Archive : British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain

NEW YORK TIMES British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain MADRID, Feb. 12 — The British Leyland Motor Corporation, Ltd., has decided to close its money-losing automobile plant in Spain after the collapse of negotiations between the Spanish Government and the General Motors Corporation for its purchase.

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Archive : Leyland dragged nearer stake

Archive : Leyland dragged nearer stake

THE GUARDIAN By John Carvel British Leyland’s financial prospects were dealt a double blow yesterday as its £27.5 million deal to sell the Spanish Authi car plant to General Motors fell through and hopes of a Japanese marketing link with Toyota appeared to be fading. Without the sale to General Motors, Leyland says it will […]

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