Classic Car Catalogue

Austin 1971

1800 Mk II  
3-Litre - discontinued (1967-71 - 9992 ex.)
Sprite - new model (1971-71 - 1022 ex.)

Great Britain


1100 Mk II and 1300

wb: 7ft 9½in 4 cyl.
1098 cc
48 bhp
4 cyl.
1275 cc
58 bhp
4 cyl.
1275 cc
70 bhp
Saloon 4-dr 1100 1300 1300 GT  
Saloon 2-dr 1100 1300 1300 GT  
Estate - Countryman -  


AUSTIN 1100 AND 1300
1100: from £806 (incl. P.T.)
1300: from £872 (incl. P.T.)
Considerable interior revision this year for these best-selling cars from British Leyland - no longer available in Morris form incidentally, except for a Morris Traveller. The seating, door trims and carpeting have all been re-trimmed and up-graded and there is a completely new dashboard which now incorporates fresh-air ventilation controls. Externally, there is a new grille but under the skin it's the formula as before - crosswise engines, front-wheel-drive, Hydrolastic suspension and so on. The excellent AP automatic gearbox is an optional extra, to make life even easier.
AUSTIN 1300 GT £1,034 (incl. P.T.)
With the MG 1300 dropped - the last of the MG saloons as you will probably have noticed - this car becomes the top performer in this particular range, with a top speed of something over 95 m.p.h. and extremely lively performance to match. The engine is a twin-carburettor, high compression version of the well-known 1275 c.c, unit, and it develops 70 b.h.p. The GT shares the interior improvements of the ordinary saloons and the new front grille which helps to identify it on the road. There is no longer a Morris version - you buy a Marina instead.

London report


1300 Saloon

1300 Traveller


wb: 8ft 8¾in
(2642 mm)
4 cyl.
1485 cc
75 bhp
4 cyl.
1748 cc
84 bhp
Saloon 5-dr 1500 1750  


1500: £1,083 (incl. P.T.)
1750: £1,127 (incl. P.T.)
The Maxi is now well into its third year of life, and making a much bigger impact on the motoring scene since British Leyland pulled out all the stops to refine and improve it a year ago. It is still the car with five of everything - five doors to make it as versatile as an estate car, five seats that convert into a bed, five-speed gearbox, five-bearing crankshaft and so on. There are two engine options, the 1485 c.c. unit and the 1748 c.c., that both give a top speed of 90 plus, and with its space and adaptability, this is a sensible family car.

London report

1800 Mk II

wb: 8ft 10in 4 cyl.
1798 cc
86 bhp
4 cyl.
1798 cc
96 bhp
Saloon 1800 1800 S  


£1,143 (incl. P.T.)
'S': £1,256 (incl. P.T.)
The almost pathological craving for space in the front-wheel-drive Austin and Morris cars reached its zenith with the 1800 saloons, which are almost ballrooms on wheels. Yet there is nothing dainty or light-footed about the square-cut 1800s - they are as tough as houses, sit the road like a well-mannered sports car, and have earned themselves a good name for reliability. Badge engineering means you can have different names on virtually identical cars, and there are higher-performance 'S' versions of each which will approach 100 m.p.h.

London report


wb: 9ft 6½in 6 cyl.
2912 cc
124 bhp
- discontinued




  4 cyl.
1275 cc
65 bhp
- this year only
Roadster Sprite  



wb: 2695 mm 4 cyl.
2199 cc
68 bhp
4 cyl. diesel
2178 cc
55 bhp
4 cyl. diesel
2520 cc
Taxi FX4 FX4D FX4D  
    end of prod new model