BMC 1800/2200 (ADO17)
Following on from the Mini and 1100/1300 range, the 1800/2200 (or ADO17) models were designed in pretty much the same way – transverse front engines, front-wheel drive, and acres of interior room in relation to their compact external dimensions.
The 1800 and 2200 were expected to complete Alec Issigonis’ successful hat-trick of BMC front-wheel-drive cars, but they didn’t – and that was down to building the new car around the MGB-tune B-Series engine, which Issigonis exploited to make a larger car than was necessary – and this left the UK market’s centre ground open to the Ford Cortina.
Despite the 1800 winning the Car of the Year award in 1964, sales were disappointing. Over-engineered and with Hydrolastic suspension, the unappealing looks (which have dated very well indeed) and the austere interior counted against them.
In 1972, the final new variation was launched – the silky-smooh E6-powered 2200, which was a surprisngly capable car. All ADO17s are best had with power steering.
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Big and ungainly it may have looked, and it struggled to capture the imagination of the car buyers of the 1960s, but there’s no doubting the 1800/2200 was one of the most advanced cars in its class. However, it has now matured to the point that we can look beyond those early issues, and marvel […]
The 1967 Pininfarina Aerodynamica Berlina 1800 concept car was hugely influential. One only needs to look at the Rover SD1 to see just how much…
The origins of ADO17 can be traced back to XC9000, the first in a series of designs produced by Alec Issigonis in 1956, following his return to BMC from Alvis. The rear-wheel-drive XC9000 prototype was developed into the front-wheel-drive XC9001, before the project was shelved in response to the Suez Crisis. The XC9001 design was […]
Here it is, AROnline’s latest Car of the Month. But hang on, we hear you say, all there is to see in the picture below is an empty patch in a slightly overgrown garden… …if you want to find out why, you’ll need to read on. Words: Alexander Boucke Photography: Chris Chantrell Re(u)sting place Back in November 2013, […]
Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]
The Austin 1800, generally known as the Landcrab, celebrated its 50th birthday in style. The call for them to attend was heard and over 50 assembled in front of the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. Held for the second time in 2014, the BMC and Leyland Show proved to be an excellent day out – and not only for Landcrab […]
Woodall Nicholson produced this curious-looking stretched Landcrab, along with a far more elegant hearse… THIS Austin 2200-based limousine, which had clearly seen better days, appeared on eBay at least twice during 2002/2003. All we know about it at the moment is that it was a Woodall Nicholson conversion, and that there may also have been […]
In this gallery, we take a look at some of the names used to sell various versions of the BMC 1800/2200 in overseas markets… Austin Balanza Home market name: based on Austin 1800 This name (meaning balance) was used on MkI Austin 1800s sold in the Netherlands and Belgium. While it is thought to have […]
When the ADO17 was launched as the Austin 1800 in 1964, few people can have imagined that one of its defining features – its doors – would later appear on a series of cars ranging from a 1.5-litre family hatchback to a 3-litre executive saloon. But the story doesn’t end there. As well as being […]
We know that BMC investigated expanded the 1800 into van, hatchback and estate versions, but never got much further than the drawing board. However, one interprising individual in Australia went ahead and built his own. Here’s the story of the fascinating Austin 1800 Wagon… A new rear is hatched IT’S often been said that the […]