After the formation of BMC, Australia became an increasingly important market for the company, with models imported from the UK giving way firstly to local assembly of CKD (completely knocked down) kits, and later full assembly of models either adapted or specifically developed for the local market.
Minis and 1100s lined up outside BMC’s 63-acre factory at Victoria Park, Sydney, in the mid-1960s
The Zetland factory in Sydney, as photographed from the air…
ADO16 in Australia
The X6 Kimberley/Tasman
|The Australian and New Zealand markets were treated to a sensible saloon version of the 1800, and significantly, they were also treated to the E6 engine two years before customers back in England.|
|So why did the Australians and South Africans use OHC E-Series engines in the Marina?|
|Picture kindly supplied by Scott Williams|
Leyland P76, Force 7 and P82
|The first Ronda… a Quintet by another name…|
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