A rare 1973 Authi Victoria – or Austin Victoria as it was originally marketed as – has come up for sale, almost 50 years after leaving the production line in Landaben, Pamplona, Spain. But there is a catch – you’ll need to go to Germany to buy it.
It’s a seriously unusual occurrence to see a Victoria in the wild, let alone one that’s for sale – but this one looks like a solid buy for anyone with a hankering for a product built by British Leyland when it was a genuinely international concern. The Authi factory built the Victoria between 1972 and 1974 and the model was a straight replacement for the Austin, Morris and MG versions of the ADO16 that were unique to the Spanish market.
However, at a price of just €5000 (about £4230), we can see this one selling quickly. The car is described as having, ‘a complete technical overhaul some two years ago with brake pads, discs, all oils changed, as well as the tyres renewed, Hydrolastic suspension serviced and cylinder head gasket changed.’
The seller says that the car comes with all of its Spanish registration papers and service history. For UK buyers, that should make it reasonably easy to register here – and we do like the idea of a suitably stylish ADO16 road trip from Saarbrücken, as it’s a very interesting route back to Calais from there.
This Austin Victoria is a De Luxe, which means you get the more appealing quad headlight front end. That is the main visual difference between the standard model and this luxury version, and also sets it apart from the near identical Austin Apache, which was built in South Africa.
It’ll be interesting to see who buys this car – especially if it ends up coming to the UK.
- See the 1973 Authi Victoria for sale on eBay (in German)
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