Austin Healey 3000 Rally car - Road test - HD - Great sound!
Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car
In the 1960's car manufacturers proved the durability of their products,
not by offering
7 year warranties, but by entering officially organised long distance, road
based driving competitions against rival manufacturers. These International
events called Rallies caught the imagination of the public and became
annual fixtures. Lasting for several days, over thousands of kilometres, on
rough roads and inhospitable environments, it was a good way to prove new
The British Motor Corporation (BMC) realised that the Austin Healey, in
particular the 3000 model, could be the basis for a winning car. They
developed it into a world beater and became very organised, employing the
best UK and controversially for the time, Scandinavian Drivers.
The most impressive victory, was the gruelling 1960 Liege-Rome-Liege won
by an all female crew, with Pat Moss (Stirling's sister) driving and Anne
The effort was truly heroic and the girls overcame hallucinations caused
by sleep deprivation, while still managing to drive flat out. At the time,
the very thought of the so called gentler sex, beating all the best male
drivers in the world was an unprecedented achievement and did much to
uplift the image of 'women drivers' everywhere.
The 2912cc works spec engine, typically runs triple 45DCOE Weber
carburetors, a 300 degree cam and a full race alloy head. Outputs are
typically between 200 and 300 bhp. The output varies with the compression
ratio and the choice of carburettor choke diameters, dependant on whether
you want low down grunt for rallying or top end for racing. This car is a
rally car and will accelerate to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and can almost
The Achilles' Heel of the Big Healey, was cockpit heat (from the set back
engine) and a lack of ground clearance. This car has the works 'in door' or
'sill mounted' Exhaust to get the Exhaust pipes out from under the car..
The gearbox is a straight cut 4 speed, with overdrive (a sort of ratio
extender) on 3rd and 4th, giving 6 ratios. In this car, like the works
machines, the overdrive switch is ideally mounted on the gear lever.
Fuel consumption averages around 14mpg, dropping to around 7mpg when
pressing on. A long range 18 gallon works style fuel tank is therefore a
Austin Metro Review (Top Gear 1991)
Quentin Wilson gives a review of the first generation Austin Metro (1980 to
1990 models), pointing out it's short comings, such as the rust issues and
the somewhat unreliable Hydragas suspension and the A-Series engine. As a
result, these cars are now as rare as hen's teeth.
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MG Montego 2.0 Litre Turbo, A demonstration by Steve Soper
This along with it's brother's the, Maestro and Metro turbo's became very much the leaders in the hot
hatch scene back in the 80's. Here Steve Soper takes the Montego through
it's paces at Thruxton. This is a dealership Video, which was given to
dealers at the time. Want to know more? Give us a shout via our website
British Motor Corporation Story
BMC was the largest British car company of its day, with (in 1952) 39
percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names
including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey and Wolseley as well as
commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors. The first chairman was Lord
Nuffield (William Morris) but he was replaced in August 1952 by Austin's
Leonard Lord who continued in that role until his 65th birthday in 1961 but
handing over, in theory at least, the managing director responsibilities to
his deputy George Harriman in 1956.
BMC's headquarters were at the Austin plant at Longbridge, near Birmingham
and Austin was the dominant partner in the group mainly because of the
chairman. The use of Morris engine designs was dropped within 3 years and
all new car designs were coded ADO from "Amalgamated Drawing Office". The
Longbridge plant was up to date, having been thoroughly modernised in 1951,
and compared very favourably with Nuffield's 16 different and often old
fashioned factories scattered over the English Midlands. Austin's
management systems however, especially cost control and marketing, were not
as good as Nuffield's and as the market changed from a shortage of cars to
competition this was to tell. The biggest-selling car, the Mini, was
famously analysed by Ford Motor Company who concluded that BMC must be
losing £30 on every one sold. The result was that although volumes held up
well throughout the BMC era, market share fell as did profitability and
hence investment in new models, triggering the 1966 merger with Jaguar Cars
to form British Motor Holdings (BMH), and three years later leading to the
government sponsored merger of BMH with Leyland Motor Corporation.
25 Years of the Austin/Rover/MG Maestro
This year, the Maestro & Montego Owners Club, among other Maestro
communities, are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Austin/Rover/MG
Maestro models. This video illustrates how the Maestro has covered all
three latest registration types: Suffix, Prefix and current two-letter
(HD) SCC: Austin Mini Cooper S 1968 - Giro di Prova - Test Drive - Probefahrt - Prueba de manejo
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Recently we came across this beautiful Austin Mini Cooper S 1968 at The
Gallery in Brummen, The Netherlands. This classic car dealer is one of the
largest in the world. We took the car for a little spin! We love to hear
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The Mini is a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC)
and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a
British icon of the 1960s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive
layout -- allowing 80 per cent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used
for passengers and luggage -- influenced a generation of car makers. The
vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent of its German
contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed similar popularity in
North America. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car
of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T.
This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec
Issigonis. It was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants
in England, the Victoria Park / Zetland British Motor Corporation
(Australia) factory in Sydney, Australia, and later also in Spain (Authi),
Belgium, Chile, Italy (Innocenti), Malta, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay,
Venezuela and Yugoslavia. The Mini Mark I had three major UK updates -- the
Mark II, the Clubman and the Mark III. Within these was a series of
variations, including an estate car, a pick-up truck, a van and the Mini
Moke -- a jeep-like buggy. The Mini Cooper and Cooper "S" were sportier
versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally
four times from 1964 through to 1967, although in 1966 the Mini was
disqualified after the finish, along with six other British entrants, which
included the first four cars to finish, under a questionable ruling that
the cars had used an illegal combination of headlamps and spotlights.
On introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and
Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The Austin
Seven was renamed to Austin Mini in January 1962  and Mini became a
marque in its own right in 1969. In 1980 it once again became the
Austin Mini and in 1988 the Rover Mini.
A Look At The Vintage Austin A30 & A35 British Motor Cars
Eamonn O'Neal and Nicky Fox take a look at some vintage British motor cars
- the Austin A30 and the Austin A35, courtesy of members of the Austin
Owners Club. Nester Warrel takes Nicky on a ride in her vintage model
talking about how she got it and why attracted her to this car in
particular. Eamonn finds out what distinguishes the A35 from the earlier
A30 model, and goes through some of the improvements that were made to the
THE BEST OF MOTORING IN THE THIRTIES
To buy the DVD go to http://www.motorfilms.com
A compilation of classic original travelogues from the Austin and Morris
Archives re-mastered for DVD.
The 1930s was an era when motoring was still fun. Small cars such as the
Austin Seven and the Morris Minor carried a modest price tag and brought
motoring within the reach of the middle classes for the first time. They
celebrated the freedom this relatively new form of transport gave them by
exploring the length and breadth of the British Isles.
These charming travelogues, produced by Morris Motors and the Austin Motor
Company, were intended to demonstrate the virtues of their products. Along
the way they captured a snapshot of Thirties Britain - its scenery, its
people, and its way of life. So jump into the passenger seat and take a
trip back in time, through the picturesque villages of England, up into the
magnificent mountains of Scotland, and past the impressive monuments of
The Villages of England (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1934 (B&W)
Lands End to John O'Groats (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1935 (B&W)
The Highlands of Scotland (17.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1936 (B&W)
All That is England (17.5 minutes)
Austin Motor Company 1936 (B&W)
Facts and Fancies (21.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1937 (Colour)
(An extremely rare example of a 1930s colour process called Dufaycolour).
Total running time 90 minutes approximately
1962 Austin Healey BN7 by Paul's Custom Interiors/Auto Upholstery
Paul's Custom Interiors/ Auto Upholstery.
Full Interior Restoration
*Complete Upholstered Seats in leather
*Carpet (Wilton Wool),Door Panels,Front Kick Panels & Rear
Panels,Cargo/Trunk Liner (original Armacord).
*Complete Interiors made in our shop.
*All door panels, kick panels and rear panels are painstakingly made to
match the original designs. Additionally, Wilton Wool carpet was used.
Cargo and trunk liner are made with Armacord, which was made to fit in our
Classic & Vintage Auto Upholstery.
Top Gear, 1983 (Series 11, Episode 2)
Tx 13 September 1983. From the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sue Baker road-tests
the Volkswagen Golf Mk 2, Mercedes Benz 190 and Neoplan Skyliner coach.
Frank Page visits the Honda stand and looks at the Saab 900 Convertable.
William Woollard interviews Harold Musgrove about Austin Rover Maestro