The Italian Allegro that, it seemed, no one wanted…
Short and not-so sweet
There’s not much to say really about the Innocenti Regent. This version of the Allegro was produced in Italy under licence during 1974 and 1975, and lasted a scant 18 months in production. The Italians allegedly begged British Leyland to let it cease production, such was its lack of appeal. The ploy worked, because it was dropped so the company could concentrate on production of its successful Mini model.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why this most Italian of Allegros didn’t keep the Italianate-sounding name, it comes down to meaning – in Italian, the word ‘allegro’ can mean cheerful or bright as in music, but it can also mean merry or drunk…
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