The Austin Apache was designed by Michelotti in 1970, alongside the almost identical Austin Victoria, and was produced by Leyland South Africa at its Blackheath plant from 1971 until the mid 1970s.
Like the Victoria, the Apache is a well-disguised Austin 1300, with extended nose and tails sections grafted on. The centre section is virtually unaltered, howewever, so the doors are a bit of a giveaway. Not much more to say about it really, but here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.
This splendid Apache is owned by Jason Heaton, who lives in Salford, Manchester. These photographs were taken when the car belonged to previous owner Martin Williamson, who received it as a 21st birthday present while he was living in South Africa. Martin later brought it with him when relocated to the UK, and sold it to Jason Heaton in 2002, as he wasn’t getting much opportunity to drive it.
This Apache image was taken from Graham Robson’s book, and as can be seen, it has been the subject of a colour change since its appearance in print.
With thanks to Martin Williamson for the images of his former car.
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