Stand number: 3-100
Built to last, and a first for the UK!
The ADO16 was launched in 1962 with a design built to last; setting new standards in badge engineering whilst in South Africa production would continue until 1976. Becoming the best-selling car of the whole BMC, British Leyland and even Rover combine, global sales of the ADO16 exceeded 2.5 million units after just 14-years. It would take the little sister Mini 41-years to sell 5.4 million cars. No other car has ever been badge engineered to the same extent; initially launched as the humble Morris 1100, 2-months later saw the launch of the second incarnation with the brand which epitomises badge engineering – bring on the MG 1100. Pininfarina styled the initial ADO16 but that other Italian styling giant Michelotti also wanted a slice of the action; the Michelotti ADO16 Apache was brought into production by Leyland South Africa continuing with the model until 1977.
Come over to stand 3-100 to see: Representing the early incarnation and fresh from complete restoration will be a 1967, MG 1100, one of the very last of the Mark I versions and possibly the youngest surviving example. Also fresh from total restoration and featured this summer by Practical Classics magazine is a South African built 1976, Austin Apache – a very rare model which has never before even been displayed at a UK indoor show.
Although we can only squeeze 2-cars onto the actual ADO16 Club stand we have another member’s special ADO16 joining the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group stand as what is perhaps the most iconic of all Panda Cars – a term incidentally first coined in the UK during the 1960’s. So don't forget to also make your way across to their stand 5-490 to see the1972, Mark III Austin 1100– ex-Police Car, also fresh from restoration – complete with a full documented history. This Austin was originally ordered by the Ministry of Defence for export to the British Embassy in Vienna, Austria. Having covered less than 1,000 miles the car returned to the UK in 1975 to be pressed into service by the Metropolitan Police Force of Greater London.
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