When some time back TV looked at why the British Motor Corporation had failed, it came down heavily on the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. This made me wonder what I had said about them in Motor Sport when they came to us as new road-test cars.
Of the Marina in 1971, I wrote that I was disappointed with a 1.8 TC coupé, and when the normal coupé version was tried over a reasonably big mileage I thought its design mediocre.
For the 1973 preview of the new ADO67, or Austin Allegro, I accepted that the Allegro 1750SS was an acceptable package, but felt the cornering float, baulky five-speed gearbox, engine noise and body shake were against it.
So I suppose I was just about right…