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Morris 1100/1300


Morris 1100/1300

With the Mini enjoying incredible sales success thanks to its clever use of interior packaging and fine handling, BMC decided to enlarge the concept with the wheel-at-each-corner 1100/1300 range. The Morris 1100 debuted in 1962 and looked modern, with clean lines and surprisingly entertaining driving characteristics. It featured a transversely-mounted A-Series engine and four-speed gearbox-in-sump transmission to keep production costs to a minimum and maximize interior space, although access to the boot was hampered by a narrow loading aperture. Thanks to BMC policy of 'badge-engineering', the Morris 1100 and 1300 were also sold as Austins, MGs, Wolseleys, Rileys and Vanden Plas versions. It was replaced by the Austin-only Allegro in 1973 - a retrograde step, as its replacement was an inferior car.

Morris 1100/1300 Specifications

Top speed:79 mph (126 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):22.2 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:67 ci (1,098 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:36 bhp (41 kW) at 5,100 rpm
Max torque:60 lb ft (81 Nm) at 2,500 rpm
Weight:1,652 lb (743 kg)
Economy:40 mpg (14.3 km/I)
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