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Austin Allegro

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Austin Allegro
Austin · Morris · Riley · Vanden Plas · Wolseley
aka Type aka here, not up there
Production 1973-1982
Class Small family
Body Style 4 dr 4 seat Sedan
Estate
Length length - type here
Width Width - type here
Height Height - type here
Wheelbase wheelbase - type here
Weight 819 kg
Transmission 4 speed Manual
5 speed Manual, FWD
Engine 1.3 litre 4 cylinder A-Series
E-Series
Power N/A hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Morris Marina
Alfa Romeo Alfasud
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Austin Allegro was a British small family car produced from 1973 until 1983.

It was built at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Production started in early 1973, with the first customers taking delivery in April. It replaced the British Leyland 1100/1300 range which had been sold under Austin, Morris, Riley, Vanden Plas and Wolseley badges since its launch in 1962.

The Allegro came with front-wheel drive and a choice of four petrol engines - 1.1, 1.3, 1.5 and 1.75. The two smaller engined models had a four-speed gearbox, while the 1.5 and 1.75 had five-speed gearboxes.

A facelift in late 1979 saw the 1.1 replaced with a 1.0, and since 1976 a three-door estate had been available alongside the two- and four-door saloons.

Production finished at the end of 1982 on the launch of its successor, the Maestro.

The Allegro received much criticism during its production life for doubtful build quality, indifferent reliability and proneness to rust. Despite this, it was one of the best selling cars of its era, although it is now a rare site.

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  • Common misconceptions such as the rear window would fall out if jacked up and that they rusted badly. As it happens, neither were true and came about due to some misquotes from a Longbridge engineer for a car magazine a few months after the car was launched. The Allegro was probably one of the best rust proofed car of the era.
  • Another popular misconception is that the Austin Allegro is more aerodynamic in reverse than driving forwards. While having some truth to it, most cars that have a grille are less areodynamic at the front than at the back. This therory was tested on Top Gear
  • An Austin Allegro Police Car was used in the filming of the TV series Life On Mars.

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Automobiles made by BMC, BL and Rover Group companies
Austin | Austin-Healey | British Leyland | Jaguar | MG | Morris | Riley | Rover | MG Rover | Triumph | Vanden Plas | Wolseley
Austin models: A40 | Cambridge | Westminster | A35 | Mini | 1100/1300 | Mini Moke | 1800 | 3-Litre | Maxi | Allegro | Mini Metro | Maestro | Montego
Austin-Healey models: 100 | 3000 | Sprite
British Leyland models: Princess | P76 (Australia only)
Jaguar models: XJ6 | XJ12 | XJS
Morris models: Minor | Oxford | Cowley | Mini | 1100/1300 | 1800 | Marina/Ital
MG models: MGA | Magnette | Midget | Montego | MGB | MGC | 1100/1300 | MG RV8 | MG F/TF | MG ZT | MG ZR | MG ZS | MG SV
Riley models: Pathfinder | 2.6 | 1.5 | 4/68 | Elf | Kestrel
Rover models: P3 | P4 | P5 | P6 | SD1 | 25 | 75 (post-P4) | 45 | 400 | 200 | 100 (post-P4) | 800 | 600 | CityRover | Estoura | Streetwise
Triumph models: Herald | Spitfire | Vitesse | GT6 | Stag | TR7 | Toledo | 1300 |1500 | 2000 | 2.5 & 2500 | Dolomite | Acclaim
Vanden Plas models: Princess | 3-Litre | 1100/1300
Wolseley models: 4/44 | 6/90 | 15/50 | 1500 | 16/60 | 6/99 | 6/110 | Hornet | 1100/1300 | 18/85
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