The 1100 range may have been badge-engineered to what some people may think of as an excessive extent, but what comes across in this selection of pictures collected from contemporary brochures is just how “right” the Pininfarina design was from the very start.
The question that remains unanswered in a definitive way is – WHY DID BMC NOT STICK TO THE FORMULA?
A very early and pure looking Austin 1100. The purity of line that this car possessed was unmatched by any subsequent BMC-designed car.
The colour and photography do not flatter this Austin 1300, but improvements to the car meant that overall, it was a better package than the original.
No, this is not “Carry on Camping”, but it is a nice period brochure shot…
Riley Kestrel 1300
Vanden Plas Princess 1300
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