Lot 38 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Sold for £3,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: BAF680K
Chassis No: MA4D216291M
- Restored prior to entering the current ownership in 2010
- Handbook and Haynes Manual supplied with vehicle
- Said to be in 'very good overall' condition and to 'drive well'
Owing to the overt success of the Mini, it made eminent sense to employ its designer to create a successor for the larger Austin A40 and Riley 1.5. Codenamed ADO16, the newcomer launched with a Morris badge in August 1962 was therefore penned by Alec Issigonis and echoed the primary thinking of the Mini in having an 'A' Series engine mounted east-west up front, driving the front wheels. Its technical innovations included single-piston swinging calliper disc front brakes and 'Hydrolastic' interconnected fluid suspension system. The appealing styling was the work of Carrozzeria Pininfarina which, with minor adjustments, went on to wear not only Morris but Austin, MG, Wolseley, Riley and Vanden Plas badges during the model's 13 year reign, during which 2.1million examples were sold. They were powered by either 1100 or 1300cc versions of the 'A' Series unit and the example on offer is an October 1971 Morris 1300 GT.
Finished in Red with contrasting Black vinyl roof, 'BAF 680K' was evidently restored a few years before being purchased by the vendor in 2010. He informs us that it's in 'very good condition and drives well' and is selling the car with V5C, owners' handbook and Haynes workshop manual.