Austin 1100 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1968 Austin 1100 1.1

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Summary:

Economic runabout

Faults:

First gear made a constant whine.

It had no odometer.

Speedometer ribbon snapped.

General Comments:

Surprisingly this little gem was rust free. Unlike my Morris 1300, which fell apart.

Again an early pet project, this was my Dad's work car because it was so cheap to run, and I failed my license, so of course I had to keep the car until I felt confident enough to drive.

At the time I got the Morris, both cars got repainted at the same time, however the Austin became a French Racing Blue with the black Nike stripes on the side. Unlike the Morris, we kept all the chrome on the car as is.

At some point the gearbox needed to be repaired. The result was an incessant whine in first gear. Driving it, we got used to it.

It was sold on to a collector in Birkenhead whose grandson pranked it badly. It was traded in and scrapped. Damn shame really, because that car was mint.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review