Morris 1800 (1970)

The Austin / Morris 1800/2200 ( development code BMC ADO17 ) was a four-door midsize sedan, by the British Motor Corporation ( BMC), later British Motor Holdings ( BMH ), and finally by the British Leyland Motor Corporation ( BLMC ) from 1964 to was offered in 1975 by badge - engineering as Wolseley 18/85 and Wolseley Six. The car was designed by Alec Issigonis, the creator of the Austin Mini and 1965 elected Car of the Year.

The Austin / Morris 1800/2200 was a complete new development and was characterized by the use of modern technology. He was also, as already 1100/1300 previously designed the Mini and the Morris and Austin under with the highest possible utilization of space. This led to unfavorable proportions of the body and an unusually long wheelbase. Overall, the vehicle became too big and too heavy. This made the market positioning and brought the car on top of that the nickname "the Landcrab " ( German: " the land crab " ) a. Ultimately, 386 811 units were built.

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After the great initial success of the small car Mini ( ADO15 ) and 1100 ( ADO16 ) stood at BMC on the complete development of a new volume model for the middle class. The vehicle should the Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford VI and replace Wolseley 16/60. The body was designed by Pininfarina and was designed as a notchback with comparatively long wheelbase and very short overhangs. Thus, the car appeared from the side, unusually elongated, giving it the nickname "the Landcrab ", German: " the land crab " earned. For this, the vehicle for his class was very wide. The glass surfaces were extremely large.

The drive unit is resorted to a technique that had already proven the Mini and the 1100. The engine was crosswise at the front, the transmission was under it and drove the front wheels. The radiator was on the left side along the direction of travel. The entire drive unit took place in front of the front axle. Then there was Hydrolastic damping, in contrast to the Mini no longer subframe came but this time used; the location points have been reinforced according to the body instead. Among the technical innovations also included braking force regulator and a power steering.

Model history

The Austin 1800 came two years after production start out as Wolseley 18/85 and another year later when Morris 1800 ( with only 80 bhp/59 kW).

The Austin 1800 had a 4- cylinder in-line petrol engine with 1798 cc and 84 hp ( 62 kW) and a top speed of 143 km / h

With a slightly more powerful engine (86 kW bhp/63 ) appeared 1968 1800 Austin Ser. II and its sister model, Morris 1800 Mk II The maximum speed was thus 149 km / h

A year later, in addition to the Austin 1800 S ( and its equivalent Morris 1800 Mk II S ) with 96 hp ( 70.5 kW) and 159 km / h maximum offered.

In 1972, the Austin / Morris 1800 Mk III was that the model Mk II replaced. He had 87 bhp (64 kW) and reached a speed of 146 km / h Now wore the Austin and Morris models a single grille and also had the same interior. The handbrake was now normally mounted on the vehicle floor. What was new was the introduction of a six-cylinder petrol engine with 106 bhp (78 kW ) and Austin 2200, Morris 2200 and Wolseley Six. During the 1800 versions of the Austin and Morris continued, accounted for the Wolseley 18/85. In 1975, the production was stopped and the successor of all models was the Princess.

Morris 1800, 1972

Wolseley Six Automatic, 1972


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Names in export markets

In some export markets, the model was also offered as Balanza Austin, Austin Freeway, Austin and Morris Windsor Monaco.

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The passenger compartment of the ADO 17 including their eye-catching doors was used for the four-door version of the produced 1974-1985 Neoklassikers Panther De Ville.

Rolls- Royce Rangoon

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