Thursday, August 28, 2014

1k: Broken or Stanced? 1967 MG 1100

The MG 1100 was developed as part of BMC's (British Motor Corp's) ADO16 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 16) sedan platform.   The combined ADO16 family included a fleet of Pininfarina styled vehicles, including the Austin 1100/1300, MG 1100/1300, Austin America, Riley 1300, Wolseley 1100/1275/1300 and Morris 1100/1300.  An MG 1100 in need of restoration for a few hundred bones might make a great father-son restoration project.  Find this 1967 MG 1100 offered for $1500 in Lancaster, CA via craigslist.

The combined production figures for the entire family of ADO16 may have made it one of the best selling vehicles in the UK during the late 60's, but you don't bump into them very often stateside.  That is a good thing considering its relative lack of initial cost and the abundant aftermarket available online...although given the limited sales in the USA, most support is from the UK.  The MG 1100 is powered by a BMC A-series engine with a 1.1 liter displacement that puts out a meager 69 horsepower mated to a manual gearbox.

The hydroelastic suspension engineered by Sir Alec Issigonis was a huge improvement over the bumpstop setup in the Mini, but not quite as funky as something from Citroën.  This one might just step up to normal ride height if you fire it up, or it could use all new suspension seals.

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  1. Stance = broken, in my book.
    These little 1100s are awesome! I've often thought people will soon do to these what they're doing to Datsun 510s.

  2. I don't recall the height of our 1100 changing over a period of 5 years parked in our driveway.

    The liquid suspension was four interconnected rubber balls filled with antifreeze as I recall, not much to leak.

    The funky hinged at the front bucket seats that would pitch forward under heavy braking I do remember.

    "Safety Fast" was their slogan at the time.

  3. As I recall, that stance is "period correct", at least up here in the Great White Rust.

  4. The hydrolastic suspension was invented by Alex Moulton, not Alec Issigonis although they were good friends. The ADO16 was the 2nd to last production car designed by Issigonis though.
    Sadly Dr Moulton passed away earlier this year.


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