In this gallery, we take a look at some of the names used to sell various versions of the Morris Marina in overseas markets, plus one that didn’t quite make it…
Of course, as those of you who have visited the BMC 1100/1300 page in this gallery will already know, the Marina featured here was not the first Morris to bear that name; that honour goes to the Danish version of the Morris 1100.
Home market name: Morris MarinaThe Austin Marina replaced the Austin America (see above) in the US and Canada, and was also sold in South Africa alongside the Austin Apache.
Home market name: Morris MarinaCavania was to have been the name for the Marina in Australia, but at the last miniute Donald Stokes insisted on Marina. By that time, some cars already built had bootlid holes drilled to take the longer namebadge, so the final postion was ingeniously filled with a full-stop!Picture kindly supplied by Scott Williams
Home market name: Morris MarinaWhile the Marina name was insisted upon for the Australian market (see above), it was dropped altogether by their neighbours in New Zealand. In a similar move, the Montego 2.0 was later sold in Germany as the Rover 2.0 GTi (petrol) or GTD (diesel).Picture kindly supplied by Henk Schuuring
Home market name: based on Morris ItalThe Morris Ital was going to be called the “Morris Marina Ital”, until Michael Edwardes ordered that the Marina tag be dropped. Not so on this version, though: contemporary with the Ital but built in Portugal, it used a 1489cc diesel engine producing just 37bhp, resulting in a top speed of less than 70mph.Picture kindly supplied by Graham Arnold
Home market name: based on Morris ItalChinese market Morris Ital.
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