Austin Allegro: An Enthusiast's Guide

Austin Allegro: An Enthusiast's Guide

by Ben Wanklyn


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The stylist of the Austin Allegro, Harris Mann, said of the car that 'It took a lot of stick, but it wasn't that bad a car ... The trouble was that every one off the line was different in some way, thanks to quality control.'  As a result, few have bothered to explore the little Austin's background; what it was designed to achieve, how it became the way it was, and what happened to make it so infamous.  Austin Allegro - An Enthusiast's Guide redresses the balance, telling the Allegro's tale of grand designs, high hopes, management compromises, failed dreams, industrial unrest, national ridicule and finally, redemption.  Now experiencing something of a comeback as a cheap and cheerful classic, the book provides ownership advice and buying information for all models. From the quietly competent series 2 models through to the sportily-styled and now very rare Equipe, the book re-evaluates the place of the Allegro in the classic car world and concludes that it is both a simple, economical classic choice, and an important part of British motoring history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847976765
Publisher: The Crowood Press UK
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ben Wanklyn is a motoring writer, with a passion for unusual and under-appreciated classic cars. A freelance writer for Practical Classics, Classic Cars and Classic Car Weekly motoring magazines, Ben has road-tested a diverse range of classics, dating as far back as the 1920s. Based in Dorset, he has owned, driven, repaired, and had adventures in, a number of Allegros. He currently drives a 1963 Humber Sceptre.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Creation of the Allegro: A Legend Is Born 11

Chapter 2 The Allegro Series 1, 1973-75: New Beginnings 41

Chapter 3 The Allegro 2, 1975-79: Growing Pains 70

Chapter 4 The Allegro 3, 1979-82: Twilight Years 98

Chapter 5 Buying and Owning An Allegro 127

Index 156

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