A 354km (220 mile), unregistered Austin Allegro Series 3 has come up for sale, some 41 years after leaving the production line at Longbridge… but there is a catch – you’ll need to get across to Denmark to get it bought.
We love how oddities like this continue to appear after all these years – and, for lovers of low-mileage cars, this one is a humdinger. The seller describes it as being a little careworn and, as can be seen from the photos, it looks honest enough without a trace of rust, that we can see.
But at a price of DKK 35,000, or around £3900, we can see this one finding a new home quite easily. The car is described as having just, ‘354km from new, and it really does drive like a new car.’ It’s a definite case of trying before you buy because the accompanying images aren’t exactly brilliant and there isn’t much in the way of description.
The seller is also offering the car tested and ready to go. For UK buyers, it will still need registering and MoT’ing for use here – but the idea of driving it away from Sæby in Vestsjalland on Danish plates for DKK 42,000 (or around £4700) is very appealing to us.
This Allegro is interesting because it looks like a base model Allegro 1.1 and sports quad headlights. Danish model cars had these as standard, sharpening up the look of the car.
And the story of the car? How did it survive with just 220 miles on the clock? It came from the Næstved Technical College, where students learned servicing on it. The Allegro was sold from there in 1991 and ended up in the hands of a collector – who has finally sold it on. It will be interesting to see where it ends up next – with such a low mileage, it clearly deserves to be cherished.
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