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Is this the best way to spend £30K #590036
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Are they seriously going to get £30K for this, just checked it is not 1st April.... laugh2

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/austin-allegro-1300-super-estate-low-mls-very-very-rare-in-super-condition-motd/392366933001?hash=item5b5ae44409:g:1dAAAOSwHShdRWEW

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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590040
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I'd love it if this turned out to be andymot's car laugh2


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590054
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That's totally bonkers! - No its not worth anyway near that, £3000 would be pushing it - i'd say nearer to £2K would be its true "value".

I know we have a few Allegro closet fans lurking on TM and seeing as MMC have started fitting Allegro interior door handles to the wonderful plus6, I thought I'd better 'fess up and post piccies of my Allegro collection.

On father I have sinned...……………………



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PS. if anyone seriously has £30K going spare and fancies an Allegro, I'm prepared to do a "buy one get 2 free deal!


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590057
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Surely nobody wants to buy an Allegro at any price!


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590060
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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590072
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Well THAT has surprised me an ALLEGRO owner on TM.....Ha Ha!

Love it.

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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590074
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Brilliant.

£30k is so totally out to lunch I almost hope he/she finds someone mad enough to buy it.

Good for you Andymot. When you see the styling on the red car it brings all sorts of other BL models to mind.
The sharp central line of the 18-22 wedges in particular.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590075
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I know people love to slag off Allegros, but my experience was fine. I bought a 1975 Allegro 1275 in 1984 for £340, thrashed it up and down the A46 commuting to Bristol for a couple of years, and sold it for £320 in 1987. Nothing broke on it apart from the clutch slave cylinder which blew at the traffic lights at the end of the M32 just by the exhaust and clutch centre. Pushed it across the lights and had a new cylinder fitted in less than an hour, the most convenient breakdown we've ever had.

A great little car, although admittedly the Hydragas suspension was never quite the same after we took the back seat out and hauled an entire flat-pack kitchen back from the DIY store.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590081
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Yes they have come in for some stick, mostly unjustified I think as probably no worse than anything else coming out of BL at the time. I can't remember the last time I actually saw one on the road, hats off to you Andy for having three!


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590086
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My uncle bought a brand new one, someone nicked it.

It was found a mile away, outside some shops with the keys in the ignition, just about sums up the desirability of the poor thing. laugh2

I do like the name though, Allegro has a nice ring to it.

Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590088
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and so easy to translate to All-agro oops


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590102
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For the convenience of those who can stomach it, the link (sans tracking) is: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392366933001 Proceed with caution.

To be fair, the description does read: "PLEASE DON'T TAKE ANY NOTICE OF THE LISTING PRICE AS I HAD TO PUT SOMTHING IN THE BOX TO LIST” and "BEST AND FINAL OFFERS"

...although why he didn't just make it an auction isn't explained. It seems the current highest offer is £6K.

As others have said, the Allegro wasn't really that bad, especially by BL standards (the Marina / Ital was a far worse car) and the estate version is very rare. Even rarer since Top Gear trashed one in the last series.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590121
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Shame he didn't vacuum the car before taking the photos.
I think I'll pass on this.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590133
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Andy, to your credit, all your collection look better now than when they left the factory thumbs


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I think the problem with the Allegro was that (A) It wasn't a hatch back at the time when that feature was growing in popularity and (B) It had to follow what was at the time, and for a little time, the best selling car in the country, the Austin/Morris/ Wolsley/Riley/MG/Princess 1100. The square steering wheel didn't help matters either.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: ewn] #590146
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Originally Posted by ewn
My uncle bought a brand new one, someone nicked it.

It was found a mile away, outside some shops with the keys in the ignition, just about sums up the desirability of the poor thing. laugh2

I do like the name though, Allegro has a nice ring to it.


Hysterical!

It's curious how the slowest cars etc seem to have the fastest names! Allegro... more like 'Ritardando'! This along with the various caravans out there with 'Swift' as a name, rather than 'RoadBlock'!

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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: Alistair] #590163
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Originally Posted by Alistair
and so easy to translate to All-agro oops



That's what we called ours, although it never gave us any.

I've told this story before, but when we got the car it had furry ginger seat covers, very 1970's-tastic. It also had, imprinted in the roof lining directly above the rear seat, the unmistakeable outline of a pair of ladies shoes a couple of feet apart. The semi-stiletto heels had obviously been pressed into the headlining with some force.

We didn't dare remove the seat covers for fear of what we might find....


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590173
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The father of one of my school mates worked on the line at BL putting doors on Allegros. One tale was of a chap running across a load of floor pans and putting his foot through one - surely apocryphal.

One rumour was that if you jacked them in the wrong place, the windscreen popped out - anyone know if this one is true?

They drove nicely enough by the standards of the time and (as above) a great deal better than a Marina.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590175
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I met the designer of the square steering wheel a couple of years ago.
Also, I have had two of the Allegro’s bigger sibling....Maxi.
Good workhorses and easy to work on. Both 1750cc and basic engineering plys the Hydrolastic suspension. Clutch changed in an hour due to ease of access and no engine/gearbox out. Front rear suspension bushes was a weakness....


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...'Clutch changed in an hour due to ease of access and no engine/gearbox out'....

Was that because it fell out!


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: sospan] #590196
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Originally Posted by sospan
I I have had two of the Allegro’s bigger sibling....Maxi.
Good workhorses and easy to work on.


My Granny had a Maxi back in the day, and it really wasn't a bad car apart from the usual frustrations to do with build quality associated with all BL cars of the era. I recall it as being roomy and comfortable, with bags of room in it's practical hatchback boot. Remember, the hatchback was quite a new concept at the time; the Renault 16 had been on the market for a few years and had proved very successful, but there wasn't much else out there. It was a shame that the styling was rather turgid; IIRC there were constraints about sharing some panels from the land crab models to save on production costs, which helped to make it look quite dated even when it was brand new.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590200
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It's always been good sport to rubbish the BL range, and of course most were nearly cars, which were nearly right.

Even the Minis were poorly made, and rotted like the rest, but time has put rose tinted glasses in the way. Of course a new shelled Mini now is a great little car.

I remember seeing a new silver Allegro 1750HLS in the showroom which had had a full blow over......the masking around the body stripes (red and orange) was obvious. No excuse for that.

But the Allegro and Marina were decent enough cars and sold in huge numbers. The Marina was ancient in suspension design but Trad owners are not in a good position to criticise that. The Marina 1.8TC 4 door was a great looking car. I never had one but might have.

The Maxi was hugely under-rated. Had they built it properly, and made it reliable it was advanced for the time with a huge load area and five speed box. The Land Crabs were astonishing cars...….I drove quite a few and they were huge inside. When did you last see one?

I could go on but as I said at the start, BL was riddled with incompetence and they just couldn't make 100% cars.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590204
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I need to make a statement to all TMers reading this thread.

“I had an Allegro 1500 Estate in the early 1980s!!”

oops

My wife used it to transport our, then, less than a year old son. (He’s now 39)
It was a great little car, with enough space to store a pushchair and other toddler stuff.
5 speed gearbox, 1500cc, comfortable and easy to drive.

I ask forgiveness.

notworthy


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #590205
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I remember my Dad having a Land Crab. It was massive. I remember Dad taking 8 Kids at once to Poole Sea Cadets and it did let him down once. He came home from work and worked on the car until midnight. This was in the Winter in the garage with the doors open!
He sold it to a mate who wanted to pull his boat around Poole. He replaced it with a Vauxhall Viva.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: DaveW] #590211
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Originally Posted by DaveW
It's always been good sport to rubbish the BL range, and of course most were nearly cars, which were nearly right.

Even the Minis were poorly made, and rotted like the rest, but time has put rose tinted glasses in the way. Of course a new shelled Mini now is a great little car.

I remember seeing a new silver Allegro 1750HLS in the showroom which had had a full blow over......the masking around the body stripes (red and orange) was obvious. No excuse for that.

But the Allegro and Marina were decent enough cars and sold in huge numbers. The Marina was ancient in suspension design but Trad owners are not in a good position to criticise that. The Marina 1.8TC 4 door was a great looking car. I never had one but might have.

The Maxi was hugely under-rated. Had they built it properly, and made it reliable it was advanced for the time with a huge load area and five speed box. The Land Crabs were astonishing cars...….I drove quite a few and they were huge inside. When did you last see one?

I could go on but as I said at the start, BL was riddled with incompetence and they just couldn't make 100% cars.


Land Crabs were often used as support vehicles in Rallying, due to spare parts carrying capacity and their reliability


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I had a land crab for a year. I used to drive from Milton Keynes to Battersea and back every day.
It was a great car, comfortable and limousine like on the motorway but I could fling it around Hyde Park Corner like a Mini. Totally reliable except in a storm when the plug leads used to get wet and muck about.
The only hateful thing was the angle of the steering wheel, very flat and lorry like.

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Now you talking a Land Crab - or its bigger brother (the 6 cylinder 2200 version), were superb cars.

Dad had an 1800 for a number of years, he then swapped it to a 1973 Maxi 1750HL, what a bag of sh1te that was, so that soon, went to be replaced by the then new Austin Princess (Wedge). This one one of the first ones on the road at the time and when going well was a super car....however, BL build quality (no tittering at the back!) kicked in and it was off the road for days and days.

He switched to a Cortina 2000GTX in 1976 - never had a BL again.....Fords all the way and they were all great cars TBH.


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My two Maxis...
Number 1. Teal blue, damn good workhorse/kids carrier. Also a load carrier....got a wardrobe in the back once.
Trouble along the line, though. Rustworm infection resulted in it being lifted onto a Hiab and taken to a local car graveyard.
Number2. Shore beige...classy name for sand colour. Had it straight after Number 1. Traded in after 2 years for an XR3i. Got a decent trade in too. Surprised me a bit but salesman probably needed the sale for his quota/bonus.



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Being a life long fan of the assortment of "so nearly there" BL cars, its amusing reading about the collective TM experiences of the wonderful but flawed products that graced our driveways. Or do I mean dripped oil on our driveways...…Having posted pictures of some of my BL fleet I thought i'd add another...


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Had one of these once

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The engine was hung on substantial brackets that were spot welded to a rail that was an extension of the floor pan and made of the same gauge of metal. After 80,000 km on rough country roads the rails suffered fatigue cracks and the engine started to fall out. Welding the brackets back in proved unsuccessful, probably because the heat of the welding caused brittleness in the surrounding metal. After welding the brackets back in twice I moved it on.


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The last time I did a top overhaul in a car was in the early 80s on my Mum's Allegro...
It wasn't a bad car, at all.
Better than Dad's Volvo.....


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And speaking of top overhaul, I had a good clear out in the garage recently and a couple of items I chucked out were valve compressors along with a lapping in tool with the course and fine paste.
I haven't used them since I did a head job on my spitfire back in the late '70's. Still kept the torque wrench though!!


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Originally Posted by lowebird
And speaking of top overhaul, I had a good clear out in the garage recently and a couple of items I chucked out were valve compressors along with a lapping in tool with the course and fine paste.
I haven't used them since I did a head job on my spitfire back in the late '70's. Still kept the torque wrench though!!


I still have mine along with a piston ring compressor. Not used the valve compressors / lapping in tool since my Spitfire in 1978. The piston ring compressor has been used more recently - late 80’s on my Series III Land-Rover.

Not throwing them out - you never know ....


Paul
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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: lowebird] #590633
19/08/19 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by lowebird
And speaking of top overhaul, I had a good clear out in the garage recently and a couple of items I chucked out were valve compressors along with a lapping in tool with the course and fine paste.
I haven't used them since I did a head job on my spitfire back in the late '70's. Still kept the torque wrench though!!


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #591943
26/08/19 07:23 PM
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A low profile police presence at the town centre festivities today...

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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #591946
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Budgets must have been tight.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #591960
26/08/19 08:47 PM
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Looks like it was drafted in from Cornwall, or is it another of Andy's that he hasn't told us about...


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #591969
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It's a nice blue. Didn't MMC recently build one in that colour for a Police display?


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #592011
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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #592027
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I've just finished reading a great book by Ant Anstead called "Cops and Robbers, the story of the British police car".
I thought I'd just be dipping in and admiring the pictures, but I ended up reading it cover to cover.
The Morgan isn't in it but there are Alfas, Ford Mustang, xjs, Cosworth, Capri, even 4.5 litre Invicta! MGA, Daimler Darts, you'd be amazed just what has been decorated by the boys in blue.
A good book, worth a look.
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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: KEVFITZ] #592034
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Originally Posted by KEVFITZ
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Not that one Kev, much more recent and a trad.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: MDS61] #592036
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I was passed by an unmarked Citroen C4 cactus in Reading last week, times are hard and the budgets must be getting trimmed! I cannot see them running a Plus Six these days.


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Re: Is this the best way to spend £30K [Re: nick w] #592258
28/08/19 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by nick w
I've just finished reading a great book by Ant Anstead called "Cops and Robbers, the story of the British police car".
I thought I'd just be dipping in and admiring the pictures, but I ended up reading it cover to cover.

Thanks for the tip-off. I've always been fascinated by old police cars so I'll put this book on my Christmas list.

One I read earlier this year was a weighty but highly detailed tome about the cars of the Hampshire force. The picture I posted earlier of a police Allegro in Petersfield would never have happened in period, Hampshire was the first force to publically acknowledge that British cars weren't up to the job and by the late sixties were buying Volvos. This earned them a lot of criticism at the time both from the public and the government, with the Home Secretary even demanding that the Chief Constable cancel the order (which he refused to do) but it made Hampshire Police the envy of most of the other forces!


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