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Austin 1800 and 3-litre

An earlier and larger version of the Maxi, known in the trade as 'the land crab!' I worked for a BMC distributor when it was introduced, and the first one we sold drove straight into the forecourt wall when the customer tried to do a U-turn in front of the showroom, a feat he used to accomplish in his old A.60! There were the usual badge-engineered variants from Morris and Wolseley, too. The 3-litre was a stretched version with the A.110 6-cyl engine mounted fore and aft and driving the rear wheels.


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Austin 1800 and 3-litre Last post by www.doyouremember.co.uk
23 October 2010

Do You Remember Austin 1800 and 3-litre?

Do You Remember Austin 1800 and 3-litre?

  • Anonymous user
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    The 3 litre sold just under 10,000 units.They werent a great suecess apart from on the banger track where they won the Spedeworth World Final twice in the 80s. I myself preferred the older Farina styled Austin A110 Westminster with the fins! I loved them so much I bought one to use as an everyday car in the 80s and nowadays have one to enjoy as a classic car.
  • Anonymous user
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    Yep, wrong photo there, though I well remember the old 'Land Crab'. They were finally discontinued in '74; even when they were still in production, the 3-litre (with double-headlights) was a rare creature, they must only have been built in small numbers. My vile junior-school headmaster used to have a navy-blue Wolsley version- it was way too good for him, he didn't deserve a beautiful machine like that. Even nowadays, old 1800s are quite cheap to buy on the classic car market, and are a good option for anybody looking for an affordable 'classic' that's also a practical day-to-day working car.
  • Anonymous user
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    (That's a picture of an 1100 2 door!)