News : Authi Victoria goes up for sale in Germany

European oddity on offer

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.

Keith Adams

14 Comments

  1. To my untutored eye – never having or heard of them in the past – it looks like a lightly reworked Triumph Dolomite. Paint colour appears the same as that used on the TR7.

    • Yes, at first glance looks very Dolomite. There’s a picture on the site somewhere of a Victoria or an Apache next to a Dolomite, and the similarities are striking. It also exposes how ill proportioned the ADO16 based car is when compared to the Triumph.

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          • That’s excellent, Hugo and I’d be very interested to have a read of that book, pre-supposing that it’s in English, of course, as my Spanish is non-existent! Back in the day (1970-72) I was – amongst a fair few other things! – responsible for the Land-Rover parts from Solihull going to MSA, as Santana was then referred to. For those who thought that BL workers sat around skiving all day, I can assure you that I was regularly working a 6-day week, frequently 7-days and almost never less than 10 hours/day. Being staff, I did not get paid overtime…

        • The Authi Victoria looked much sleeker than the rather dumpy Triumph 1500/Dolomite. The central monocoque was pure ADO16 with new front and rear grafted on.

          The De Luxe also had a better dashboard than the standard model with extra instruments in much the same layout as the 1300 GT – gauges were by Veglia Bressel.

    • For the sake of Search, we do it this way on AROnline. Anyone Googling Austin Victoria gets a whole different set of results…

      However for the sake of completeness I’m sure I can not that on this page and the main Victoria story

  2. I cannot forgive LV Insurance here in the UK for destroying one of these in a Car Insurance TV Advert about 5 years ago!

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