Archive : News digest, February 1974

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The ADO16 Austin De Luxe launched in Spain. Fitted with a 998cc 55bhp “A” series engine, grille similar to that fitted to the Austin 1300.

Work begins on a revised Mini Clubman estate with a view to launching it at the 1976 UK Motor Show.

The battery was moved to the engine compartment and the entire rear floor structure, including the side storage boxes, was re-jigged to lower the rear seat. The body, meanwhile, was modified to have one-piece fixed glazing with extractor vents on the rear pillar, along with full width wraparound bumpers front and rear and a one piece lift up tailgate. One semi engineered prototype was built, but the project fizzled out in May 1975.

Project SD1.

Pre-production postponed to mid-November and engineering sign off to the end of September .

Keith Adams

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