In 1962 BMC launched a fairly revolutionary small family car for the general public. That was introduced to the ADO16 series. Alec Issigonis and Pininfarina had a great influence on the beautiful design. It debuted with the brand name Morris, to be built later in all kinds of variants. Innocenti, MG, Riley, Wolseley, Vanden Plas and Austin also built the car, which appeared in various capacities. Like the tasty Austin - and Morris 1300 GT, which debuted in 1969.
The 1300 GT versions of the ADO 16 were a response to a prevailing trend. During the late 1200s and early 8s, many manufacturers of smaller family cars developed a sporty variant. This resulted in a playing field that included the NSU XNUMX TT, the Opel Rallye Kadett, the Vauxhall Viva GT, the Ford Escort GT and the Renault XNUMX S. BMC had since merged into British Leyland. The merged group presented the twin Austin and Morris 1300 GT at the London Motor Show in October 1969.
1275 cc A engine, two SU carburettors
This beautiful one Teen 16 GT versions got the 1275cc-A engine with 2 SU HS2 carburettors. That was the same configuration that was also used for the MG 1300. The chassis adjustment was simple and ingenious. The ride height of the 1300 GT versions was lowered with a simple intervention. The engineers lowered the fluid pressure of the Hydrolastic suspension system. And what made the 1300 GT versions within this class distinctive at the time was that they had front-wheel drive. There was the entire BMC ADO 16 series also equipped from the outset.
The Austin and Morris 1300 GT, which were exclusively available as a four-door version, were both immediately recognizable on the outside by the black plastic-coated roof, the wide and attractive metal strip along the sides, the black grille with some strips across the width, the sporty wheel covers. and the GT badge on the grille and rear pillars. In terms of color scheme, the buyer could choose from three shades: Bronze Yellow, Glacier White and Flame Red.
Within the interior, too, the copper was courted in Longbridge (Austin) and Cowley (Morris). Take the furniture. The preformed and abundant foam rubber gave the seats a sportier character. In addition, the seats were covered with a beautiful vinyl combination, whereby the seating area consisted of ventilated and beautifully profiled strips. The front seats were also adjustable in length, and also had adjustable backrests. The rear passengers could also use a centrally placed armrest.
Feast for the driver
It was also a treat for the driver. Behind the quilted leather (and still slanting) steering wheel with three perforated spokes adorned three beautifully rimmed round sports meters. A racy tachometer was of course not missing. The clock cluster was located within a top and bottom upholstered and vinyl-finished dashboard. The finishing of the inside of the doors - with nicely profiled map pockets - was also good, it looked British and comfortable.
Serious specifications for its time
Whoever sails apples, who eats apples, one must have thought in Great Britain. The 1.275 cc with the 2 SU carburettors produced almost 70 DIN-HP. The compression ratio was 9,75: 1. The technical specifications of this cast iron A-engine enabled the 1300 GT versions of Morris and Austin to reach a top speed of just under 160 miles per hour, and that was a serious value in this class. To curb through the, performance, the Longbridge and Cowley factories fitted front disc brakes. The rear deceleration was provided by drum brakes.
“The first GT with Hydrolastic”
Desirable. Then. And also now as a classic. That qualification applies to both the Austin and the Morris. Incidentally, the Morris disappeared from the scene in 1971. Then the Marina was introduced and the sympathetic ADO 16 welcomed a third generation (Mk III). The Austin ran longer, until 1974. In both cases you got a beautifully finished and spicy performing ADO 16 variant, which was put on the market during its production, among other things, as “the first GT with Hydrolastic”. Anyone who wants to buy a fairly unique 1300 GT in good condition today should take into account prices that start from € 10.000. And in return, a retrospectively very well equipped and performing car gets in return.
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